Report: Jimmy Vesey allegedly returning to Original 6 squad

Reports indicate he's headed back.

Published 1 year ago
Report: Jimmy Vesey allegedly returning to Original 6 squad

It looks as though it's a very real possibility that former Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey could make his way back to the Big Apple, according to Larry Brooks of The New York Post. 

According to Brooks, it looks as though Jimmy Vesey could once again become a member of the New York Rangers. Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators 66th overall (3rd round) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Vesey infamously pulled an Eric Lindros and told the Predators he had no interest in playing for them. His rights would eventually be acquired by the Buffalo Sabres, but no contract was reached with them either.

After meeting with seven NHL teams, Vesey would sign with the Rangers, where he would play for three seasons before his rights were once again traded to Buffalo. After a season with the Sabres, he's bounced around the NHL, suiting up for the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils. 

Take a look at what Brooks has to say regarding a potential Blueshirts reunion with Vesey: 

"There won’t be quite the pomp and circumstance as the first time, but Slap Shots has learned that a reunion between the Rangers and Jimmy Vesey is on the horizon.

The 29-year-old famously signed with the Blueshirts as a Kevin Hayes-type free agent in 2016-17 after rejecting offers from both the Predators, who drafted the Harvard product 66th overall in 2012, and from the Sabres, who traded for his rights. Following stops in Buffalo, Toronto and Vancouver after leaving Manhattan, Vesey is coming off a solid season in New Jersey as a depth forward."

"Presumably signing a free-agent deal for around the $750,000 minimum that would not count against the cap if assigned to AHL Hartford, Vesey — who went 50-40-90 in 240 games for the Rangers his first time around — will compete for the kind of fourth-line, bottom-six role that Tyler Motte filled so well last spring, but has priced himself out of."

In 422 career NHL games, Vesey has scored 72 goals and 63 assists.