The Bruins will be the last team to make a sales pitch to Jimmy Vesey and his camp, with a meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Vesey -- who talked to the Sabres (the team that held his rights) prior to becoming a free agent on Monday, and then spoke with the Islanders, Devils, Maple Leafs and Penguins on Tuesday -- will meet with the Rangers and Blackhawks on Wednesday prior to sitting down with the Bruins. According to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, the Bruins-Vesey meeting will take place at the team's new Warrior Arena training facility in Brighton.
A source told CSN that CEO Charlie Jacobs, president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and coach Claude Julien will represent the Bruins. They'll discuss the top-6 role they envision him playing on a line with David Krejci, and will also discuss his lifelong dream of playing for his hometown team . . . something he talked about at length during a 1-on-1 interview with CSN last month.
“I’ve said it all along that Boston is definitely on my list of teams that I’d like to talk to," said the North Reading native, who scored 24 goals and 46 points as a senior at Harvard last year while winning the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college player. "It’s a team that I’ve rooted for all my life, and it’s a team that I watched win the Stanley Cup in 2011.
“I was a huge Joe Thornton fan growing up. He wore No. 19. I wear No. 19. He was my favorite player. I got to know Torey Krug a little bit through playing with him at the world championships last year. So it would be really cool to play with Torey and put on the Bruins jersey. It’s the team that I’ve watched for my whole life.”
According to multiple reports, Vesey likely will make a decision by Friday. But, if he finds it hard to decide, there’s every possibility the Vesey sweepstakes could go through the weekend.