During the second intermission of the Nashville Predators‘ 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Monday night, Predators general manager David Poile made a surprising announcement.
Jimmy Vesey, a 2012 third-round pick of the Predators who just wrapped a four-year collegiate career at Harvard, would opt for unrestricted free agency instead of signing with Nashville immediately as the team prepares for the 2016 NHL playoffs and a potential Stanley Cup run.
Poile joined our own Willy Daunic in the booth during Monday’s contest to discuss the development, originally reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
The Predators own Vesey’s rights until the August 15th deadline and Poile remained adamant in stating that he and the rest of the Predators’ front office personnel would continue their efforts to persuade Vesey to sign.
“Our relationship with Jimmy Vesey has been excellent for almost four years,” Poile said. “We’ve been a big part of his development. We’ve invested a lot of time. Our relationship is good. The fit and opportunity remain very good here for him in Nashville and I am going to continue to see whether we can try and persuade him to change his mind.”