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From the Branches: You'll watch for Jimmy Vesey and you'll like it!

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Every stop I make, I’ll make a new friend
Can’t stay for long, just turn around and I’m gone again.

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down,
Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.

Where will Jimmy Vesey wind up? We know that yesterday Brendan Shanahan made an elaborate pitch to the free-agent former captain of the Harvard hockey team. He allegedly even brought along Auston Matthews to say "Hi" (there must be already several fanfics about this, right?) Was it good enough to woo him with promises of play time with the number one draft pick, mountains of cold hard cash, and the Leafs best-in-the-league facilities? We will find out soon. Or not so soon. Who knows.

What if I don't want to watch for Jimmy Vesey? - Katya
Why not court the hottest thing going this summer? There's nothing else to do. Get on the phone and woo Jimmy Vesey.

Hey! Actual Leafs stuff happened yesterday too! The Leafs poached the VERY long time General Manager of the Spokane Chiefs to be a new pro scout.

Toronto Maple Leafs hire Tim Speltz away from Spokane Chiefs - elseldo
From the WHL to the NHL, Speltz jumps up two levels.

Today's Schedule

Top 25 Under 25 #18 will be out at 9:00. Take him or leave him.

Nafio has your women's hockey links at 10:00

At 11:00 you can give a prospect we ranked below 25 a second chance to move up the list!

Here's the rest of your hockey links for this fine Wednesday.

Science says you shouldn't believe anything Gary Bettman says about CTE and concussions - Wheeler
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in the midst of an ongoing class action lawsuit with former players over concussions, continues to knowingly mislead the public about well-known science.

Sudarshan Maharaj named Ducks’ new goaltending coach - The Color of Hockey
Maharaj attended Toronto’s York University and was a member of its 1984-85 championship hockey team. Afterwards, he played professionally in Sweden from 1985 to 1991. He enjoyed playing in Sweden, but living there wasn’t without its racial difficulties, including having his car set ablaze.

Johnson Signs with Knights Following NCAA Ruling - SBN College Hockey
Former Maine recruit Tyler Johnson is expected to sign a contract with the London Knights after being suspended by the NCAA for playing with the London Knights.

‘Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day’ - Globalnews
Plans are in the works to honour Gordie Howe in Saskatoon with a "Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day."

Change in the House of Hitch - St. Louis Game Time
'Significant change' coming to coaching strategy for St.Louis, but will it be 'reckless' enough?

PK. Subban Collection - RW&Co
Want to look like P.K. Subban? You can now buy his designs at RW&Co locations.

Olympic medallist Thomas Hall takes aim at Own The Podium - CBC
Hall said he benefitted from OTP funding, which allowed for the hiring of his coach. But he's concerned that the focus on some sports — rowing, for instance — is leaving other sports underfunded and may be reducing the country's athletic talent pool.