Surprising absolutely no one, the Leafs are set to meet with Jimmy Vesey today – the first official day of his free agency. They obviously won’t be the only team doing so, and a couple being mentioned today are ones we haven’t even heard rumoured to this point.
Vesey Watch is under way.
Leafs, Isles, Pens, Devils scheduled to meet with Jimmy Vesey & his reps today, I’m told.
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) August 16, 2016
For better or worse, all the talk about Vesey – a college free agent who probably won’t be a major impact player – has reached a pretty absurd level, but I suppose this is August and there isn’t much else to follow hockey-wise. It’s expected to go on basically all week, as his agent hinted a decision might not come until Friday or perhaps beyond. They’re going to be patient.
Either way, the free agency window has opened and we want to pass along news that the Leafs are now officially engaging in talks. Considering the list of teams interested seems to be changing constantly, it’s tough to get a read on what Toronto’s chances are right now, but that’ll likely shift daily as the list dwindles down through the week.
I probably don’t need to remind you that Vesey’s father (Jim) and brother (Nolan) are already with the Leafs’ organization, but I will anyway. They front office is also likely to lean on their new superstar-to-be to help sell their pitch as well, according to Dreger at TSN.
Whatever push the Leafs intend on putting on Vesey when the free agent window opens, will likely include Auston Matthews helping sell Tor.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) August 15, 2016