NHL Rumors: Vesey, Capitals and Islanders
Jimmy Vesey talk leads you back to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins

On Jimmy Vesey …

Matthew Coller on ESPN: The Sabres made their best efforts to sign Jimmy Vesey, but he still plans on becoming a free agent on August 15th. The list of interested teams won’t be short. With all teams offering likely offering the same entry-level deal, it will come down to which teams make the best sales pitch. Will Vesey be looking to win sooner than later? Coller looks at Vesey’s short-list and Wild cards, selling points and drawbacks.

Short List:

Buffalo Sabres

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Selling point: The future
  • Drawback: Pressure

Boston Bruins

  • Selling point: Hometown
  • Drawback: Closing window to win

New York Rangers

  • Selling point: Star power
  • Drawback: Cup chances

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Selling point: Stanley Cup(s)
  • Drawback: Cap troubles

Coller picks the Blackhawks as the most likely landing spot for Vesey from the ‘short list.’

Wild Cards: Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Coller picks the Penguins from the list of ‘wild card’ teams.

Jimmy Murphy: “The better the #Preds get, the more I think Jimmy Vesey already knew what team he wanted to play for when he decided to opt out of Nashville … Regarding last tweet on Vesey, yes he can change his mind, but to leave a team with a great present and future must mean he had mind set.”

On the Washington Capitals …

Tarik El-Bashir: Have been told that contract talks between the Capitals and Dmitry Orlov are ongoing.

On the New York Islanders …

Staple answering some twitter questions about the Islanders

Arthur Staple: Projecting the Islanders forward lines and extras: “Ladd-Tavares-Parenteau, Lee-Barzal-Strome, Chimera-Nelson-Bailey, Kulemin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck. Prince/Quine extras.”

Arthur Staple: If the Islanders are going to trade a defenseman because the expansion draft, it won’t happen until after the season.

Arthur Staple: Early list of players who the Islanders could protect in the expansion draft: John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Ryan Pulock, and Jean-Francois Berube

Arthur Staple: Don’t see the Islanders making a trade for a forward before the season starts.