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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

This summer has been like no other for Harvard hockey standout and North Reading resident Jimmy Vesey. He’s had Buffalo Sabres GMs and coaches fly to Boston in order to pitch him on signing, and he’s got a score of NHL teams just waiting to get a chance to sign him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

The 23-year-old said it was “comfortable” and a “very good meeting” with the Sabres contingent of GM Tim Murray, coach Dan Bylsma and former Harvard assistant coach/Sabres scout Jerry Forton last week when they flew to Boston to make their pitch to Vesey. But the Hobey Baker Award winner and his camp are insistent on getting to the Aug. 15 date when he’ll become a free agent, and talk to “a short list” of teams.

“I think it would be a little crazy to meet with all 29 teams,” admitted Vesey to CSN in an exclusive interview prior to his weekly Wednesday night appearance in the summer pro league at the Foxboro Sports Center. “We have a little bit of a short list going that I’ve worked on with my agents and my family. We’re going to narrow it down as best as we can, and get through it as quickly as we can on Aug. 15.”...

The sense at this address: the Bruins, Sabres, Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils are the teams on Vesey’s short list with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a possible dark horse candidate after winning the Stanley Cup last spring. There’s little doubt the B’s could use him to step right into a top-6 wing role after losing Loui Eriksson in free agency. Vesey’s presence might also free up Don Sweeney and the Bruins to trade another talented young forward for the puck-moving defenseman they’ve needed for more than a year.

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IwoCPO's avatar

Hell yes. Go get him, Kenny. Great addition and could be an immediate top 6 guy for Detroit.

Oh wait.

The sense at this address: the Bruins, Sabres, Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils are the teams on Vesey’s short list with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a possible dark horse candidate after winning the Stanley Cup last spring.

Nevermind.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 07/14/16 at 07:15 AM ET

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No one wants to come to DET really. They KNOW we’re not going anywhere. Why would they come to a sinking ship? Until there is real leadership and direction from upper management and owners, I don’t think we’ll be a prime candidate for free agents.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/14/16 at 07:37 AM ET

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“Kenny, go get this guy that would exacerbate the problem that we’re all panning you for right now!”

Or, alternatively:

“Kenny, go get this guy even though it would just add another forward to the logjam, but then turn around and use your trade chips to get a top defender, even though we all have no confidence in your ability to actually make a good deal!”

What do the kids do in this case? I think it’s…

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/14/16 at 08:42 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

No one wants to come to DET really. They KNOW we’re not going anywhere.  Why would they come to a sinking ship?

Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/14/16 at 08:37 AM ET

From the teams listed, it does look like he’s considering “rising” teams (other than the Devils), specifically teams in the east. But I think another issue may be that a young guy like him looks at how the Wings have treated their current young players and thinks, “Why would I want to go and play eight minutes a night on Detroit’s 4th line when I can play top 6 minutes on another team?”

And as Nathan suggests, the whole issue of Holland hoarding forwards while having a dismal record of making quality trades has to weigh in there as well.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/14/16 at 09:09 AM ET

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No one wants to come to DET really. They KNOW we’re not going anywhere. Why would they come to a sinking ship? Until there is real leadership and direction from upper management and owners, I don’t think we’ll be a prime candidate for free agents.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 07/14/16 at 08:37 AM ET

No, in this case DET’s crime is that they’re not close enough to Massachusetts.  That’s the one common thread with the teams on that list.

I at one point thought Vesey left Nashville because he felt slighted by how they treated his development and his prioritization of his Harvard degree.  But I have since changed my mind.  I now think he’s kinda’ a spoiled brat that simply wants what he wants.

Let another team have him, honestly.

Posted by Primis on 07/14/16 at 09:17 AM ET

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From the teams listed, it does look like he’s considering “rising” teams (other than the Devils), specifically teams in the east. But I think another issue may be that a young guy like him looks at how the Wings have treated their current young players and thinks, “Why would I want to go and play eight minutes a night on Detroit’s 4th line when I can play top 6 minutes on another team?”

And as Nathan suggests, the whole issue of Holland hoarding forwards while having a dismal record of making quality trades has to weigh in there as well.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/14/16 at 10:09 AM ET

Or he can look at DDK and see someone who came out of college and almost immediately became a top-4 D-man on the team

Posted by George0211 on 07/14/16 at 09:21 AM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

People need to calm down about Vesey. The kid is a “decent” UFA out of college, but it’s not like he’s going to be some superstar. He’ll probably be a solid middle-6 winger, but expectation are massively high for this kid, and odds are he’s not going to meet them.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 07/14/16 at 09:39 AM ET

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Maybe Vesey will come to Detroit so he can be mentored by the great Luke Glendening and Jonathon Ericsson on how to continually fail upwards.

Posted by Garth on 07/14/16 at 10:28 AM ET

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