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Agent: Vesey set to take patient approach as NHL free agent

Forward Jimmy Vesey is sticking with his plan to become an NHL free agent on Tuesday.

And Vesey's agent, Peter Fish, tells The Associated Press college hockey's top player won't rush into signing his first contract.

Fish expects Vesey to have discussions with ''a handful'' of teams, and doesn't intend to make a decision until Friday at the earliest.

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One team already in the mix is Buffalo, which acquired the 23-year-old's rights in a trade with Nashville in June. Fish said Vesey has ''a clear understanding'' of what the Sabres have to offer and ''pleased'' with what team officials have done and said since acquiring him.

Vesey was selected by Nashville in the third round of the 2012 draft and last season won the Hobey Baker during his senior year at Harvard. In March, Vesey rejected signing with Nashville by informing the Predators he planned to pursue free agency.