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Kevin Hayes becomes free agent

Updated: August 15, 2014, 7:40 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Kevin Hayes, the Chicago Blackhawks' first-round draft pick in 2010, became an unrestricted free agent after he and the team were unable to agree on a contract prior to the league's 5 p.m. ET deadline Friday.

Hayes, a 22-year-old forward, was selected by the Blackhawks as the No. 24 pick of the 2010 draft, and the team held his exclusive rights until Friday. He had been eligible to sign with the Blackhawks since completing his senior season at Boston College in April. He was a finalist ...

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