A couple days ago, we talked about how the Nashville Predators were “on the clock” to sign prospect Jimmy Vesey to an entry level deal.
It now looks like that window has closed, with reports emerging that Vesey will not be signing with the Predators.
And now this morning, there’s a report out of the Boston Herald that suggests the Bruins will be signing him as soon as he becomes available on August 15.
In our report, we included the Bruins along with the Toronto Maple Leafs as teams interested in signing the Massachusetts-based prospect. The 22-year-old grew up as a Bruins fan, too, and there’s a Harvard connection in general manager Don Sweeney. He spent four years as a defenceman there.
To say the situation between Vesey and the Predators has deteriorated would be an understatement.
On Monday, general manager David Poile said that Nashville had received “confirmation” from the collegiate star that he would sign on the dotted line after his season with Harvard ended. But when Vesey announced his indications to become a free agent come summer, the Predators’ GM said he was “shocked.”
What’s more, the Predators were handcuffed at the trade deadline because assistant general manager Paul Fenton was banking on Vesey joining the roster in time for the playoffs.
Another source has a different story, though, as there are indications that the Predators were informed of Vesey’s decision not to sign before the trade deadline.
A representative from Vesey’s camp says that there will be a statement released around noon on Wednesday, which only goes to show you how deep this situation runs. Right now, it’s a matter of who said what and to whom.
Despite the “extremely well-placed source” in Beantown, the Predators remain hopeful that they’ll be able to get something done with Vesey before August. But it may be an uphill climb, especially if their man already has his eyes set somewhere else.