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Forward Jimmy Vesey's agent, Peter Fish, tells The Associated Press that 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.

The Chicago Blackhawks are in the mix to sign 2016 Hobey Baker winner, according to multiple reports.

HAWKS

**NHL Network ranks Keith, Seabrook top 15 best defenseman (SCH)

**Hawks in mix to sign Vesey with pitch involving Toews, per report (SCH)

**Hawks' prospect Calnan still battling injury (SCH)

**SCH GIF Tournament (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Hitchcock feeling reassured about Blues (STLToday)

**Jets sign JC Lipon to 1-year, 2-way contract (AIH)

**Frei: Roy shows working with a friend can be risky (The Denver Post)

NHL

**Ducks sign Vermette to 2-year, $3.5 million deal (OC Register)

**Islanders re-sign goaltender Gibson to 1-year, 2-way deal (LH)

**Tavares has no desire to leave Islanders when contract is up (Newsday)

**Capitals' Alzner expects to be 100 percent by training camp (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

**GM Dorin confident Senators are a playoff team (Ottawa Sun)

**Senators to make 'significant hockey announcement' Tuesday afternoon (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**NWHL releases 2016-17 schedule (NWHL)