BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The chase to land coveted young forward Jimmy Vesey is finally over.
Vesey has chosen to play for the New York Rangers, turning down a chance to team up with fellow Boston native Jack Eichel as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
Buffalo held Vesey’s negotiating rights for 57 days before the 23-year-old became a free agent on August 16th. Vesey reportedly met with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and a few other teams before ultimately settling on the Rangers.
The Sabres traded a third-round draft pick for Vesey’s rights back in June. General Manager Tim Murray has referenced on multiple occasions that he felt comfortable making the trade because the Sabres had four third round picks. Vesey would be among the elite prospects in this year’s draft class had he been available in that format.
Vesey originally spurned the Nashville Predators, the team who drafted him, when his agents informed the Predators their client would not be signing with the team. Nashville then chose to get something in return for Vesey and shipped his rights to Buffalo.
The Rangers visit the Sabres on December 1st.