Tim Murray was giving a standard-issue wrapup to development camp today in HarborCenter when a big elephant in the room was brought up, and the Sabres general manager gave a relatively surprising answer.
Despite the circus among the media, on talk radio and on social media, Murray is not obsessing over the Sabres' pursuit of Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey. Far from it, in fact. The Sabres made their pitch last week in Boston and now are just waiting to hear if they will have more talks with the former Harvard star.
"I've talked about this literally less than anyone else in Buffalo," Murray said. "I hear the guys on the radio, and people are mad. This is like top-end news. I think I've paid less attention to this than anybody. It is what it is. We made a trade. We traded one of our four third-round picks to be able to talk to him.
"We went down there. We spoke to him. I told him he doesn't owe anybody anything. He went to school for four years and he became a free agent so now he's got to make the right decision for him. There's no timetable."
The Sabres traded a third-round pick to Nashville for exclusive rights to Vesey, and those extend until Aug. 15. Only then can Vesey talk to other teams as an unrestricted free agent, and he's consistently said that's what he intends to do.
"I felt really good about the meeting," Murray said. "I got great feedback about the meeting but this is his show right now. If he wants to come in here or he wants to reach out to us and have another meeting then we're there. But for me, this is in his court."
Vesey is expected to want to talk to both the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs come Aug. 15, and entertain offers from other teams as well. Chicago is expected to be involved and many reports say 15-20 teams could inquire.
"I don't sit at home and speculate about this," Murray said. "He's either going to sign here or he's not. If he doesn't, it's going to be obviously not the decision we want and you guys will call me a dummy for trading away a third-round pick. I've got all the scenarios and I'm ready for it all but it's up to him. It's his time."