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Jimmy Vesey Says No To The Nashville Predators

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

In the end, the Nashville Predators couldn’t get close to prized prospect Jimmy Vesey. Literally.

A guaranteed spot on the top two lines, a chance to skate into the Stanley Cup playoffs three weeks after stepping off the ice as a Harvard student and the benefit of burning a year off his restrictive rookie contract were not enough to lure Vesey to the Music City.

It wasn’t even enough to secure a face-to-face meeting with the team that drafted him four years ago, Predators GM David Poile alleged.

“It’s a bizarre situation,” Poile told the Nashville Tennessean. “For whatever reason, and after all the time and resources that we invested in Jimmy Vesey’s development, we could not get a meeting with Jimmy, his family and his representatives all together. That’s the only thing I asked for after [last week] and they would not accommodate us on that.”...

Vesey will not gain any financial leverage elsewhere. The maximum salary on NHL entry-level contracts is $925,000, and he would have received the same maximum rookie attainable performance bonus structure ($2.85 million) with likely any team.

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Primis's avatar

It’s not that bizarre.

He doesn’t want to be a part of the NAS organization.  Either he doesn’t want to be in Nashville as a hockey org/market, or someone within the org said or did something to him that just put him off.  There’s obviously a reason there though, however good/real/etc it may be.

Posted by Primis on 03/29/16 at 09:37 AM ET

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He is from Massachusetts, his father is a scout for Toronto and his brother is drafted by Toronto .
I’m guessing those are the main reasons and I would not be surprised he signs with Toronto

Posted by George0211 on 03/29/16 at 11:14 AM ET

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I don’t care if he is from North Korea so KH can say he kicked some tires but couldn’t make it work.  Then back to sleep for Old Kenny

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/29/16 at 11:35 AM ET

Primis's avatar

He is from Massachusetts, his father is a scout for Toronto and his brother is drafted by Toronto .
I’m guessing those are the main reasons and I would not be surprised he signs with Toronto

Posted by George0211 on 03/29/16 at 12:14 PM ET

Ahhh, the Mike Rielly Method.

Posted by Primis on 03/29/16 at 12:26 PM ET

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