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Jimmy Vesey chooses to sign with Rangers over Blackhawks

Jimmy Vesey chooses to sign with Rangers over Blackhawks

The Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes are officially over as the coveted Harvard forward has chosen to sign a two-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers over the Blackhawks.

Vesey is a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist and was named college hockey's top player last season after accumulating 46 points (24 goals and 22 assists) in 33 games.

While the scenarios slightly different, a similar occurrence happened in 2014 involving both the Blackhawks and Rangers when Kevin Hayes, Chicago's first-round pick in 2010, hit the free agent market after failing to come to an agreement with the Blackhawks. The Rangers came out on top as the team to sign the former Boston College standout Hayes.

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Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Vesey's negotiating rights were traded to the Buffalo Sabres in June after he informed the Predators he wasn't interested in signing with the team.

Vesey turned down the opportunity to play for his hometown Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, where his father Jim works as a scout and brother Nolan was drafted in 2014.

The Blackhawks were reportedly among the top-two finalists, but Vesey ultimately elected to sign in the Big Apple.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.