The Nashville Predators aren’t sure when Jimmy Vesey’s Harvard season is going to end, but as soon as it does, they want the 22-year-old winger to come play for them.
“As we’ve told him all along, and including as recently as probably this past week, is we’ve got a spot for him,” Preds GM David Poile told 102.5 The Game radio in Nashville (audio).
“We truly believe that he could come in and play right away.”
Of course, before he’d play for the Preds he’d have to sign with them. The alternative for the NCAA star is to become a free agent this offseason, which has led to all sorts of speculation that he’ll do just that.
Hence, the aggressive pitch by the Preds.
“I could see him starting right out either on (Ryan) Johansen’s line or probably Mike Fisher’s line,” said Poile.
Vesey has 16 goals and 16 assists in 20 games for Harvard.
By and large, NHLers have pretty good lives. But they do have worries, and chief among them is all the money they’re losing to escrow.
“What’s talked about now mostly is escrow,” NHLPA chief Donald Fehr told the Chicago Tribune during All-Star Weekend in Nashville.
“No doubt about it. And that’s really exacerbated by the Canadian dollar issues. But there’s no doubt that’s the highest thing on their radar scope — they see it every time they get a check.”
Escrow recently rose to 18 percent, and it remains to be seen how much of that will be refunded to the players when all the accounting is done.
It also remains to be seen if the NHLPA will accept the standard five percent growth factor for next season. That was a concern last year, and it could be even more of a concern this year. (To understand that issue, consider Duncan Keith.)
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