The Buffalo Sabres play their home games 468 miles from Jimmy Vesey’s hometown in North Reading, Massachusetts. That’s about a seven hour drive—but is that close enough for Vesey?
According to multiple reports, the highly touted free agent is looking to sign with a team close to home.
Detroit’s assistant general manager Ryan Martin told mLive.com “we did our best……we spoke to his (Vesey’s) agent about depth and opportunity. He said he preferred to play closer to home.”
Vesey played college hockey at Harvard, just 17 miles from his hometown. If Vesey wants to stay close to home, of course, the Boston Bruins would make the most sense. However, Vesey has met with several other teams since becoming a free agent on Tuesday.
Buffalo, who traded for Vesey’s rights earlier this summer, are still "firmly in the mix" according to Vesey’s agent.
— Nick Filipowski (@NICK_WKBW) August 15, 2016
TSN says a decision from the Vesey camp will likely happen later this week.