Apr 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (left) talks to defenseman Paul Martin (right) before a face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins One Of Five Teams In Running For Kevin Hayes?

As many hockey fans are probably aware of, the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to work out a deal with their 2010 first-round pick, Kevin Hayes, and he’s now being sought after by multiple clubs.

However, now Hayes’ final five teams for consideration have allegedly surfaced, and one of them is believed to be, you guessed it, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

According to Comcast SportsNet’s Danny Picard, sources have told him that the five teams expected to talk with Hayes on Monday are the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, and Penguins.

They are also allegedly the final five clubs left in the Hayes’ derby.

There’s no confirmation as to when Hayes is suppose to announce his decision.

Pittsburgh has been rumored to be tied with a possible interest in Hayes due to his family ties with the Pens’ assistant general manager, Tom Fitzgerald (cousin). And while the bloodline could help Pittsburgh land Hayes if they wanted to, their cap space is working against them.

Owning just $930,833 in space – per Cap Geek – the Pens already don’t have enough money to maneuver, so any contract Hayes receives from Pittsburgh would have to be something to what Kasperi Kapanen got ($925,000).

Depending on what Hayes values, my guess is Boston and Pittsburgh have the best shot at signing him, simply because of his collegiate team (Boston College) and being apart of Fitzgerald’s kin.

Hayes finished second in Division 1 hockey last season in scoring with 65 points.

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