Sabres' Vesey getting close to an early return

October 31, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jimmy Vesey has only missed two games and was back on the ice for practice on Thursday. Vesey did not accompany the team to Washington after practice, but he is hoping he plays before Sweden, "I'm hoping to try to get in Saturday depending on how I feel. I've got to see the doctor to get cleared, but I'm hoping Saturday and if not, definitely Sweden."

On Thursday, Vesey worked in on his old line with Casey Mittelstadt, Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues. He said it was nice to be out there, "It felt good, I don't think any of us likes to be missing time and watching the games, so it felt good to be out there with the team.

"I had been skating, just me and Bogo the last three or four days, so it definitely felt good."

Vesey got hurt playing against his old team, the Rangers. He said the play didn't amount to much, "It was pretty innocent actually and one of my buddies (Brady Skjei) was the one that hit me, I knew he was coming, but I didn't have him in my sight so I didn't know when the hit was coming and I think he just caught me in the perfect spot."

On Wednesday New Jersey lost in overtime to Tampa Bay 7-6. During the game, the fans booed the Devils on the power play and at other parts during the games. Taylor Hall was very upset about it and told reporters that were there, "We're kind of battling our own fans right now. We were 1-for-3 on the power play and we are getting booed. It's a tie game, we are getting booed. That's a tough environment to play in sometimes, especially when you are at home. I know that when we're playing somewhere and their fans start booing, it's a fun environment for the away team to play in."

New Jersey is tied for the cellar in the Eastern Conference with just seven points. In addition, Hall only has one goal in the 10 games played. The Sabres Marcus Johansson almost played two seasons in New Jersey. He said the fans treated him well, "When I was there it was good. The first year we made the playoffs and people were excited, but it's frustrating for everyone when it's not going the way you want it to.

"I feel like they have a good team this year and it just hasn't clicked for them and I'm sure they're not happy in the room either and they're trying to find solutions."

Johansson was Hall's teammate when the former Oiler won league MVP honors. Johansson said, "He's such an unbelievable hockey player, he was so dominant throughout that whole year and it was really impressive to watch, but it happens. It's not going right for the team and you're gripping your stick tighter and everyone cares and sometimes I think you almost care too much and then it almost gets harder and harder."

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