Jimmy Vesey has never played a second in the NHL, but he's the talk of the league as multiple teams are vying for his services. The Harvard University star saw his draft rights expire Monday, making him available to the rest of the league as an unrestricted free agent.
Only a select group of teams will have a chance to make their pitch to Vesey (like this select group). One of the teams in the running is the New York Rangers and it appears they'd really, really like the 23-year-old left winger to come to Manhattan. The Blueshirts aren't expected to get a chance to talk to Vesey until Wednesday, but some of their famous fans are letting the Hobey Baker Award winner how much they'd like to see him at Madison Square Garden starting next season.
Among them, CBS Sports' own Boomer Esiason, who is also trying to enlist actress and noted Rangers fan Margot Robbie to help sway the recent graduate with a tweet; Jerry Ferrera of Entourage fame, hip hop legend Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, celebrity chef Anne Burrell, ESPN personality Linda Cohn, recently retired New York Giants star Justin Tuck and New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
With most using the #JVtoNYR hash tag, there may have been some gentle nudging from the Rangers organization to some of their more notable fans to deliver their best recruiting pitch in 140 characters. Other Rangers fans have followed suit as they add their voices to the chorus expressing interest in the player.
The Rangers' most important pitch, however, will come from GM Jeff Gorton and perhaps current player Kevin Hayes, who is familiar with Vesey and was in his shoes just two years ago. Vesey is said to be looking for a team that has an opening in their top six. The Rangers may not actually meet that criteria with what they have on their wings currently, but getting more scoring help never hurts.
It looks like New York will have local competition, too, with both the Islanders and Devils among the teams reportedly among the finalists.
These next few days are going to be interesting as the Harvard standout has a lot to consider when choosing his destination. It is believed he will make a decision by Friday.
[H/T SNY Rangers]