After all the waiting, speculating and trades that have been part of the Jimmy Vesey saga up until now, it seems as though it will stretch at least a few more days. The Associated Press (via TSN) is reporting that Peter Fish, Vesey’s agent, has told them he doesn’t intend to make a decision until Friday at the earliest. Fish expects a handful of teams to make contact once the midnight deadline passes, making Vesey an unrestricted free agent.
On Buffalo, the current owner of his negotiating rights, Fish told AP that he has a “clear understanding” of the Sabres position, and that his camp is “pleased” with the things team officials have done and said since trading for him earlier this summer.
The Maple Leafs, for their part, are expected to send a group of players to Boston this week to try and woo Vesey, according to Mike Grinnell of Channel 7 News in Boston. The team also employs his father, and drafted his brother into their system in 2014.
While the decision may not come down until Friday, there are sure to be many rumors throughout the week as teams meet with Vesey. The Hobey Baker award winner still has much to prove once the season begins, as he’ll enter the league at an advanced prospect age and without any professional experience.