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Nashville Trades The Rights Of Jimmy Vesey To Buffalo

Nashville, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey.

added 4:39pm, Buffalo release is below...

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 20, 2016) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired the rights to forward Jimmy Vesey from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third-round pick, No. 76 overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Vesey (6’2”, 201 lbs., 5/26/1993) recently completed his senior season at Harvard University (NCAA) where he won the 2016 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. During the 2015-16 campaign he paced all Crimson skaters and finished third in the ECAC with 46 points (24+22) in 33 games.

The North Reading, Massachusetts native finished his collegiate career with 144 points (80+64) in 128 games and was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year after the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Internationally, Vesey won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship and took home a bronze medal as part of USA’s 2015 World Championship squad.

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The Sabres have until August 15th to sign him, if not he is open to sign anywhere.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/16 at 04:41 PM ET


I don’t get this at all. Wasn’t it considered apparent that Vesey was going to sign with Toronto? Is that no longer inevitable or was it never as certain as it seemed?

Posted by Jamespqr on 06/20/16 at 04:49 PM ET

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Bob McKenzie tweet,

BUF GM on trading for Vesey rights: “Why not us? Why not give it a shot? We have a spot in our Top 6 for him. We had four 3rd-round picks.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/16 at 04:53 PM ET


We had four 3rd-round picks.

Ha! I guess that’s probably enough 3rd-rounders. Makes a bit more sense now, I guess. I’d still be kind of amazed.

Posted by Jamespqr on 06/20/16 at 04:55 PM ET

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Mckenzie also tweets saying Eichel has the same agent at Vesey.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/16 at 04:57 PM ET

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Mckenzie also tweets saying Eichel has the same agent at Vesey.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/16 at 04:57 PM ET

They’re also both from Massachusetts.

I have to imagine BUF gets him signed fairly quickly.

Quite the coup.  Everyone talked like it was a forgone conclusion he’d go to the Bruins.

Posted by Primis on 06/20/16 at 05:01 PM ET


Wow Toronto I thought was going to get Matthew with the #1, sign Vesey and get Stamkos signed. Isn’t that already an immense amount of Talent more than the Wings only after 1 - 2 years of rebuilding?

Posted by Pasha1277 on 06/20/16 at 05:04 PM ET

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via Joe McDonald of ESPN,

“In our opinion, the only thing that has happened is now the Sabres have stepped into the shoes of Nashville for exclusive rights (to negotiate) until Aug. 15,” said Peter Donatelli, who represents Vesey. “However, at this time, it doesn’t change Jimmy Vesey’s intention to become a free agent on Aug. 15.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/20/16 at 07:34 PM ET

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