Vesey met with seven teams, discussing options Thursday — what can each team offer?

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For those tiring of hearing about NCAA free agent Jimmy Vesey, rest assured that the 23-year-old winger is nearing a decision on his destination.

According to a report from ESPN’s Joe McDonald, Vesey has finished meeting with the teams he has interest in joining — seven in total — and will begin discussing the options with his agents today with the possibility of coming to a final decision as early as Friday. Included on Vesey’s list of meetings were the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. That’s not to mention Vesey’s meeting with the Buffalo Sabres, who traded for his rights in mid-June.

Vesey comes with a lot of potential, having scored 56 goals and 114 points in 70 games with Harvard over the past two seasons, and he picked up the Hobey Baker Award in 2016 as the top player in the NCAA. But his performance doesn’t mean money can be used to sway his decision. Each team will have to table similar offers because Vesey will enter the league on a two-year, entry-level deal.

So which team will persuade Vesey to sign on the dotted line? Here are the pros and cons for each team in the running to land the college standout: Read more

Want to play NCAA hockey? Make sure you know the eligibility rules

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Connor Gaarder of Univeristy of North Dakota celebrates a goal at the Frozen Four. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

It takes a lot of work to become an NCAA hockey player and because of the organization’s strict rules, sometimes just getting to campus with your eligibility intact can be a challenge. The most recent example is a report from Jeff Cox of SB Nation that goaltender Tyler Johnson has lost his eligibility appeal to the NCAA and will play for the OHL’s London Knights this season instead of the University of Maine.

Now, you could do a lot worse than playing for the defending Memorial Cup champions, but Johnson’s case shines the spotlight on the tricky waters that teens must navigate en route to college hockey.

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Five intriguing college free agents not named Jimmy Vesey

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Thomas Di Pauli (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

By the time Jimmy Vesey signs his first NHL contract, fans will have heard nearly enough about the 23-year-old Hobey Baker Award winner.

It’s not Vesey’s doing, but the interest in his signing destination has led to a long-talked about list of potential destinations — everywhere from his hometown to Boston Bruins to the perennial contender Chicago Blackhawks — and he’ll enter the league next season with some expectations to perform. But all the talk about Vesey may have overshadowed the fact that he isn’t the only NCAA player who officially became a free agent Tuesday morning. In fact, he’s only one of more than a dozen players who are up for grabs now that mid-August is upon us.

While Vesey may be the most sought after NCAA free agent due to his size and scoring ways, here are five other players exiting the college ranks who could be snatched up by a team other than the one that drafted them: Read more

Vesey not expected to make decision until end of week, agent says

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Jimmy Vesey (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Jimmy Vesey’s free agency has been one of the summer’s most talked about stories, but the sweepstakes to sign the NCAA standout is finally underway. Vesey officially became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday morning, but that doesn’t mean his decision will be coming right away.

Vesey, 23, still has to meet with several teams, hear their pitches and consider what they have to offer him now and in the future. Among the teams who have been reported to have a meeting set with Vesey are the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, and there has a number of reports of interest in Vesey from the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. And with that many options, Vesey’s agent Peter Fish said it will take some time to wade through the information and make a decision.

“It’s certainly not going to be tomorrow,” Fish told the Associated Press’ John Wawrow. “I would say the earliest may be Friday or Saturday, but I wouldn’t expect it to drag on much into the following week.” Read more

Rumor Roundup: Bruins, Blackhawks, Rangers favorites for Jimmy Vesey

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With the NHL off-season now in its dog days, notable trade and free-agent activity has slowed to a crawl. As a result, speculation over where promising free-agent prospect Jimmy Vesey could end up is garnering headlines.

Vesey, 23, is the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner. Earlier this year, the Buffalo Sabres acquired his rights from the Nashville Predators in hopes of signing him to an entry-level contract. However, Vesey is eligible for unrestricted free agency on August 15 and intends to test the market.

For the past two months, it was believed the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs were front-runners for Vesey’s services. The college star is a Massachusetts native who grew up cheering for the Bruins. Meanwhile, his brother and father are employed by the Leafs.

As August 15 approaches, however, there are conflicting reports over where the Bruins and Leafs stand among the Vesey suitors.

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Boston Bruins prospect Charlie McAvoy levels Florida Panthers pick Lawson Crouse in summer Canada-US game

Wilmington, MA - 7/12/2016  -  during Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA, July 12, 2016. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

When Canada and the United States face off it’s for keeps. That evidently goes for games in August, too.

Exhibit A: the hit American defenseman Charlie McAvoy levied on Canadian left winger Lawson Crouse during Saturday’s 5-1 U.S. win in the finale of the World Junior summer showcase tournament in Plymouth, Mich.

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