Published On: Sat, Aug 20th, 2016

Rangers, Vesey excited about future: 'We made a connection'

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Jimmy’s got no regrets.

The New York Rangers and their newest player, Jimmy Vesey, spoke with the media Friday night, after the highly sought-after free agent put pen to paper on a two-year, entry-level contract with the club. And both parties are ecstatic.

“I am very pleased to be a part of the Rangers organiziation,” Vesey said. “Based on our talks I think New York was the right fit.”

Vesey strongly considered eight teams, tweeted the The Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno. In the end, the Rangers won out, because they proved to Vesey that they really wanted the Hobey Baker Award winner.

The Rangers “don’t expect me to come in and be a savior,” Vesey said. “I just thought that New York was somewhere that I could play and hopefully stick in the NHL,” he added.

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said he was excited – to say the least – when Vesey called to say he’d picked New York.

“He has the ability to score, make plays,” Gorton said. “I think he can come in and play. We’re very happy today. We think we have some good youth and this helps with that.

“(Vesey’s) a pretty proud guy, very confident in his ability. I think he seen an opportunity to play. (I) felt we made a connection.”

Former Ranger Chris Drury played an integral role in selling New York to the 23-year-old college standout.

Now the hard part: Cracking the Rangers’ roster and sticking in the NHL.

“No guarantees,” Vesey said. “But I feel New York is somewhere I can plug in right away. But I’m going to have to put in the work.”

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