For Jimmy Vesey, it's seemed fairly clear that his full intention is to get to free agency, but that isn't keeping the Buffalo Sabres from giving it the old college try.
According to a report posted early Thursday morning by NHL.com, Vesey, the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, is scheduled to meet with the Sabres in Boston. Buffalo traded for Vesey's rights shortly ahead of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, having sent a third-round pick to Nashville in exchange to exclusively negotiate with the forward.
The 23-year old Vesey also told NHL.com that he and his representation will be looking at a "small number of teams" once they get to free agency. If the Sabres don't get him under contract, Vesey will be free to sign with any team on August 15.
"Now you've got to start sifting through teams and rosters and prospect pools and stuff like that," Vesey told NHL.com. "So I think I'm starting to get more and more excited as the days go on because I'm really looking forward to finding out where I'm going to be."
This past season at Harvard, Vesey scored 24 goals and totaled 46 points before being named the nation's top player.