Jimmy Vesey is a different player in the Return of the Rangers

The long and winding road brought Jimmy Vesey back to where his NHL journey began. Only this time without all the spelling – or anything -. Only this time without a guarantee not only a place in the list, but without a guarantee of the contract.

Six years after the winger signed Rangers as a popular free agent outside Harvard in 2016 after turning down offers from Nashville, which drafted him 66th place in 2012, and from Buffalo, who later traded for his rights, Vessey is the Attending Blueshirts Camp for a professional experiencehoping to land a job as a mass murder expert.

At least two-thirds of NHL clubs in Derby were free agent. It was a kind of public circus. Nashville’s general manager, David Boyle, has been accused of having been misled. Vesey reported to Rangers and played most of his season under the spotlight.

Now, crickets.

“To be honest with you, I never got that fuss,” Vessey told The Post before an impressive performance that included a powerful goal-play and a powerful penalty on Monday. 4-1 Opening of the Victory over Islands exhibition In the garden. “I’ve always pictured myself as a 20-goal player and when I left here after three years, I thought I pretty much understood it.

“Then I had a tough year in Buffalo and it escalated after that.”

Vesey is not rewriting history here. Get away from attention as much as possible. The soft-spoken then, as now, was prone to prolonged dips in scoring during which he was eaten alive by fits of self-doubt.

New York Rangers Jimmy Vesey skates in the third period
Jimmy Vesey was expected to be in the top six, but he struggled to break the 20-goal mark.
Jason Szenes for The New York Post

“You know the important thing for me is always confidence,” the 29-year-old said, adding that he has worked with a few mental skills professionals in the past, “but it didn’t shock her with any of them.

“I’m still open to the possibility.”

Vesey scored 16, 17 and 17 goals, respectively, as a sixth/top nine on his first Broadway tour and was one of the team’s best players in the first round of 2017 with his surprise win over Montreal. Send to cypress After the 2018-19 in the third round selection, the winger scored only 20 points (9-11). Then came the lost year between Toronto and Vancouver.

“I was in Canada during [2020-21] “The year of Covid, I closed myself,” said Vessi, who put a total of 10 (5-5) points in 50 competitions. “I didn’t play well. It was very difficult for me

“It was a miserable experience.”

But Vesey recreated himself in a different light after that season. He signed as a free agent with New Jersey and became a very effective support player and penalty shooter, joining Michael McLeod in his first fight unit while scoring 15 points (8-7) altogether.

“After my year in Canada, I was gripped by the fact that I had to reinvent myself as a fourth-class man who could kill penalties,” he said. “I’m not someone who pumps my tires myself, but I think I’ve done a pretty good job at it.”

In fact, Vesey was effective enough in the role that it was surprising that he wasn’t treated as a hire for a team tied to the Annex on Deadline.

New York Rangers Jimmy Vessy (26) when the New York Rangers set up their training camp
Jimmy Vesey returns to the Rangers looking for a specialized role in carrying out the death penalty.
Robert Sabo

“Well, it was almost close,” he said, without revealing juicy details.

So now she’s back in the future after 422 NHL career games for Vesey, who Looks like he’s competing with Dryden Hunt and Ryan Carpenter – Man killed for two years for coach Gerard Gallant in Vegas – for a place on the roster of the team likely to keep only one at the front. It looks like there will only be room for two of that group, assuming Ryan Reeves’ job isn’t in jeopardy.

Vessi said he had received offers from other clubs to attend the camp for a trial, presumably from somewhere there would be an easier path to getting a contract, but he chose to return to a place that feels more like home.

He said, “I’m the kind of person…I’m shy, I kind of like the feeling of home.” And Chris [Drury] He was the assistant general manager when I was here. He knows what I made and I am able to contribute. Comfort is important to me. In addition, I am at a point in my career where I want to play for a team that can win the cup. Rangers are a legitimate competitor.”

As Vesey says, he’s basically auditioning for the role Tyler Motte played after his takeover on Deadline. Mott left as a free agent after the stressed Blueshirts couldn’t absorb the asking price.

“I know the management really appreciates the role Mott played here. I think I’m from the same mold and I can fill in that spot,” Vessey said. “I can skate, I can kill penalties and I can still score if I shoot the ball.”

Six years into the hype, and three years after he left, Jimmy Visey is taking another rift on Broadway.

Man #26 said over and over again, “If you look at my career, I’m fine with where I stand. I know what my origins are and what I have to do.”

“It’s good to be back.”

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