Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans, and welcome to the morning after Jimmy Vesey has chosen the New York Rangers over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The last couple of weeks have been about one thing and one thing only, and that was Stan Bowman trying to get free agent and former Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks to help fill out his top line for the 2016-2017 season.
The plan failed when Vesey announced that he was signing with the New York Rangers. The Chicago Blackhawks sent Patrick Kane to the meeting with Vesey, but it appears that an old nemesis in the name of Kevin Hayes could have been the reason Vesey chose the Rangers instead of Chicago.
Hayes, who already took this route when he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks but refused to sign here after his brother was traded away the spring before he would have signed in Chicago, was the player taken to the meeting with Vesey and oh by the way they were work out buddies all summer long.
The Hayes thing is salt in the wound for some Blackhawks fans, but if you listen to some scouts they don’t see Vesey ever solidifying a top 6 role in the NHL which is what the Chicago Blackhawks need right now since Richard Panik is slated to be skating along side Jonathan Toews when the season kicks off.
You win some and you lose some, Stan Bowman won Artemi Panarin last year but he lost Jimmy Vesey this summer. Time will tell how big of a loss this really was.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to kick off your weekend!
Don’t forget Chicago Blackhawks regular season single game tickets go on sale this Monday at 10am (Blackhawks)
Why the Chicago Blackhawks should turn to Jiri Hurdler after missing out on Jimmy Vesey (Second City)
Ryan Hartman, Vincent Hinostroza and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks prospects were curiously waiting for the Vesey decision too (Athletic)
The question after Vesey signed with the Rangers is what is next for the Chicago Blackhawks this summer (CSN)
A look back at some of the best and some of the worst college free agents of all-time (SI)
Predicting the top Hart Trophy candidates around the NHL for the 2016-2017 season (Bleacher Report)
Why did Jimmy Vesey chose the New York Rangers pitch? (Puck Daddy)