David Krejci

David Krejci

BRIGHTON — Don Sweeney’s sales pitch to Jimmy Vesey was built around being David Krejci’s left wing. Vesey passed, but it doesn’t seem Krejci’s losing sleep over it.

“I’m not really disappointed with that guy,” Krejci said Monday of the Rangers rookie. “Obviously I heard he’s a good player, but he has to prove himself on the NHL level. I was more disappointed we weren’t able to keep Loui.”

Loui is, of course, Loui Eriksson, and Krejci had thoughts on that, too. The Bruins declined to give the 31-year-old Eriksson the $6 million cap hit over six years he got from the Canucks, but they signed 32-year-old David Backes to a five-year deal worth the same annually.

Though the Bruins prefer Backes’ character and toughness, Eriksson is the better player at this point and figures to age better. Furthermore, saying goodbye to Eriksson meant once again taking away one of Krejci’s trusted wings in what’s become an annual occurrence; Krejci has also seen the departures of linemates Nathan Horton (2013), Jerome Iginla (2014) and Milan Lucic (2015) in recent seasons.

“I felt like we had some good chemistry going, so that was kind of a tough time to see [Eriksson] go, but I’ve gotten kind of used to seeing my favorite guys going away — Milan, Nathan, Iggy,” Krejci said. “I’m going to have to just play my game and try to find chemistry with whoever’s going to be on my line.”

Regardless of how Krejci’s dealing with Vesey’s decision, the truth is that the former Harvard captain would have been a good get for both the Bruins and Krejci, something Krejci himself admitted. With Brad Marchand a good bet to stay in Boston long-term, Vesey could have held down Boston’s second-line left wing job for years alongside Krejci if the two were to click. With David Pastrnak still emerging, the Bruins would have had the makings of a very strong line going forward.

Asked for clarification on his words about Vesey, Krejci said that he understood the hullabaloo that surrounded the player, especially considering the timing of his sweepstakes.

“Mostly in the summer there isn’t much that people talk about; this was kind of on top of the list for people to talk about,” Krejci said. “Obviously there was a little pressure on him, but he brought it on himself, I guess.”

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DJ Bean

A signing of Jimmy Vesey very well could have bumped Matt Beleskey down Boston’s depth chart, but the veteran left wing made it clear late Friday night that he wanted the Bruins to sign the former Harvard captain.

Beleskey tweeted his displeasure with Vesey’s agreement with the Rangers, tweeting to the Vesey that he’d made a “bad decision.”

A signing of Jimmy Vesey very well could have bumped Matt Beleskey down Boston’s depth chart, but the veteran left wing made it clear late Friday night that he wanted the Bruins to sign the former Harvard captain.

Beleskey tweeted his displeasure with Vesey’s agreement with the Rangers, tweeting to the Vesey that he’d made a “bad decision.”

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Naturally, Beleskey’s tweet was met with some super-hilarious and inappropriate responses from Rangers fans. This response was actually retweeted by Beleskey.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Jimmy Vesey chose the Rangers over the Bruins and a number of other teams. (Getty Images)It all seemed simple enough: If it were about money, Jimmy Vesey would have chosen the Predators long ago.



Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said on a conference call Friday night that the team did not make any promise of a top-six role before signing free agent left wing Jimmy Vesey.

“I never got the feeling that he was looking for any kind of promise,” Gorton said. “I think that he’s a pretty proud guy and I think he’s very confident in his abilities.”

Jimmy Vesey chose to sign with the Rangers Friday. (Getty Images)

Jimmy Vesey chose to sign with the Rangers Friday. (Getty Images)

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said on a conference call Friday night that the team did not make any promise of a top-six role before signing free agent left wing Jimmy Vesey.

“I never got the feeling that he was looking for any kind of promise,” Gorton said. “I think that he’s a pretty proud guy and I think he’s very confident in his abilities.”

Well, Vesey did have a promise of such a role from the Predators before he elected free agency and he had at least one more when he met with teams this week.

According to a source present at Wednesday’s meeting at Warrior Ice Arena, the Bruins told Vesey that he would be used as a top-six forward, most likely lining up to the left of David Krejci on Boston’s second line. Krejci was among the Bruins players present for Wednesday’s meeting, which lasted two and a half hours.

Vesey turned down the Bruins and six other teams — the Sabres, Blackhawks, Islanders, Penguins, Leafs and Devils — by electing to sign a two-year deal with the Rangers on Friday.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Nashville and Buffalo’s loss did not end up being Boston’s gain, as free agent left wing Jimmy Vesey chose to sign a two-year entry level contract with the Rangers on Friday.

Nashville and Buffalo’s loss did not end up being Boston’s gain, as free agent left wing Jimmy Vesey chose to sign a two-year entry level contract with the Rangers on Friday.

The Bruins were among the last teams standing for the services of the North Reading native, who also met with the Blackhawks, Islanders, Devils, Penguins and Leafs over the last two days.

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DJ Bean

Jimmy Vesey’s agent said that there are still “a handful of teams in the mix” as the player moves towards making his decision as to where he will sign his first pro contract.

Peter Fish said the Bruins are one of the teams still in the running and that reports that the Hobey Baker winner has whittled his list down to just the Rangers and Blackhawks are “not true.”

Jimmy Vesey’s agent said that there are still “a handful of teams in the mix” as the player moves towards making his decision as to where he will sign his first pro contract.

Peter Fish said the Bruins are one of the teams still in the running and that reports that the Hobey Baker winner has whittled his list down to just the Rangers and Blackhawks are “not true.”

Vesey is expected to make his decision Friday or Saturday. After becoming a free agent at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Vesey spent two days meeting with seven teams: the Bruins, Blackhawks, Devils, Rangers, Islanders, Penguins and Leafs. Boston was the final team with which Vesey met. He also met with the Sabres after they acquired his rights in a pre-draft trade with Nashville.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean