Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said Friday he plans to meet with Jimmy Vesey next week to "extol the virtues" of Buffalo and the organization upon the Hobey Baker Award winner in hopes of getting him signed before the 23-year-old becomes a free agent on Aug. 15.
Vesey continues to insist that's not going to happen.
In a story posted Saturday by the Boston Globe, Vesey said he will continue to mull over his options and not sign with Buffalo until he at least processes the results of Friday's opening day of free agency and has a chance to mull over offers from other teams.
Said Vesey to Hall of Fame Globe writer Kevin Paul Dupont, "I’m still going to go to free agency and explore all my options". Dupont tweeted the interview was done Thursday, just hours before free agents began to sign.
"Obviously, on Friday, all the big names are going to go off the board,’’ Vesey said. “Then I can really sit back and start looking at roster depth charts.’’
On Friday morning, Vesey agent Peter Fish told The Buffalo News in an email that his client would be meeting with the Sabres shortly and would be "open to anything."
Vesey told the Globe he expects to make his decision a couple of days after Aug. 15 and the Sabres are certainly in the running. Toronto, Boston and the New York Rangers stand out as the other contenders at this point. Vesey is playing in a Foxborough summer league with Jack Eichel for the fourth straight year and admitted to the Globe he's talked to his summer linemate about being a winter teammate.
"He’s told me they have a young team, and stuff like that,’’ said Vesey. "And that it’s a good place to play, with passionate fans. But he said he’s not going to harass me or anything . . . obviously, it’s my decision and that’s that.’’