Report: Vesey in last minute negotiations, could avoid free agency.

Could he really sign prior to becoming a free agent after all this?

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It would be a crazy turn of events if forward Jimmy Vesey were to suddenly decide to forgo free agency and sign with the team that traded for his rights this summer, the Buffalo Sabres, but that may be exactly what is about to happen.

According to a report from TSN's Ryan Rishaug Vesey's team and the Sabres engaged in some last minute discussions late Sunday evening, obviously with the Sabres hoping to make a last minute pitch to get Vesey to sign with them.

While it seems extremely unlikely that after going through this entire process Vesey would forgo his shot at free agency, it's clear Buffalo believes they had a good chance at persuading the Hobey Baker Award winner to sign as a Sabre.

Vesey's management have repeatedly stated the Sabres are in the mix, now only time will tell if their efforts were in vain.