Latest buzz on Jack Eichel’s situation with Sabres

NHL trade reports: Most current buzz on Jack Eichel’s scenario initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Jack Eichel’s profession with the Buffalo Sabres might concern an end prior to the 2021-22 NHL season starts, and if he is traded throughout the summer season, the relocation has the prospective to considerably affect the balance of power in the league.

What’s the most recent upgrade on Eichel’s scenario in Buffalo?

Here’s what Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman composed in his “31 Thoughts” column published Saturday:

“There were rumours Jack Eichel backed away from the disc replacement surgery and would consider a fusion instead, but several sources refuted that. Not true. There was a time I thought a trade might happen sooner rather than later, but after the expansion draft looks more likely. Who’s in there? My guess is Anaheim, Calgary, Minnesota and Vegas, with Boston, the Rangers and possibly Los Angeles on the periphery.

“Difficult to check out the Kings on this one. The Sabres are searching for youth. Top-level potential customers and choices. The making complex part is Buffalo’s been really cautious with Eichel’s medical records. They wish to ensure trading partners are major prior to permitting gain access to.”

Eichel is a legit superstar, No. 1 center and a face of the franchise-type player. So, what’s the concern with trading for Eichel?

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He missed the last 33 games of the season with a herniated disk in his neck. It’s not an insignificant injury. Eichel also has five years remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $10 million, which is a pretty large number, especially for someone coming off a neck injury. 

Where do the Bruins fit in?

Well, it would be great story if the B’s brought home a Massachusetts-born star. But the chances of a move actually happening seem fairly small. How so? First of all, the Bruins don’t have many good trade assets. Boston’s prospect pool is arguably the weakest in the league, which is the result of poor drafting and trading away recent first-round picks in 2018 and 2020, among other factors.

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It’s likewise tough to envision the Bruins managing an Eichel trade without consisting of among David Pastrnak or Charlie McAvoy. Pastrnak is an elite right winger and among the league’s finest objective scorers, while McAvoy is a Norris Trophy-caliber defenseman. Eichel’s agreement is more pricey than either McAvoy’s or Pastrnak’s, and you might likewise make a case he is less long lasting than those 2 Bruins stars.

The truth is other groups can use a much better plan of potential customers and draft choices than the Bruins. 

Perhaps Eichel will bet the Bruins at some time in his profession. It’s simply difficult to picture a circumstance in which that occurs prior to next season.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.