You know what, if a much sought after second tier prospect had to pick the Rangers over the Devils then I am at least glad he had a sound justification for doing so. After all, nothing says "now you're in New Yorrrrrk!" quite like tempered expectations? What's more representative of the big city than it's biggest sports fans giving it's athletes time to gain experience before criticizing the mixed results of their inexperience? If there's anything I know about the Big Apple it's that there's nothing forbidden about that fruit. No inherent evils like unwarranted scrutiny and the crushing weight of inordinate pressure awaiting just beyond the initial bite. If Jimmy Vesey wanted to fly under the radar as a young player providing depth to a contender then he totally did the right thing by playing for a team with first round talent and Stanley Cup aspirations that plays in the media capital of the world.
No chance he'll have to jump through hoops trying to navigate that 3 ring circus. Surely Barnam, Bailey, and Larry Brooks won't expect him to throw an elephant on his back as he tries to help a mediocre team reach the loftiest of goals. If I know Susan Sarandon like I think I do then she definitely had third line grinder in mind when she was using her oh-so-precious tweets in the recruiting process. If Run DMC and Jerry Ferrara knew how hockey lineups were constructed they would surely be hoping that Jimmy Vesey turned out to be a middle-6 forward that's unspectacularly reliable. That's just what it means to be a professional athlete in New York. Blue collar mentality. Bring your lunch pail to work everyday and they hardly even care whether or not you contribute way above your pay grade offensively.
And yes, I am aware that I am taking one - likely out of context - quote to sarcastically disparage the thought process of a young kid that seems relatively mild mannered and just got out from roasting under the brightest of spotlights because there's nothing else for hockey fans to talk about in August. I also know that all teams make empty promises when trying to bring in new talent, but Jimmy Vesey didn't take to my team's empty promises so fuck him and the horse he rides in on. If he thinks this semi-bitter, little lighthearted jab is bad then just wait until he's responsible for a game winning goal against in front of the Garden "faithful". Well see how fast the boo-birds interrupt that hero's welcome for a player that's not expected to be "a savior".