Just when long-suffering Buffalo Sabres fans couldn’t get any more frustrated, wondering if a bad situation in the NHL could possibly get any worse, Jack Eichel struggling with injuries throughout the 2020-21 campaign has hardly helped matters. Then comes the possibility of the franchise weighing up trading their captain and star player.
Bruins tipped to trade for Eichel
Should they decide the time is right to cash in on Eichel, there would inevitably be no shortage of interested parties lining up to start negotiating trade options. According to sports journalist Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, his sources point at the Boston Bruins getting ready to move. The addition of 24-year-old Eichel is an attractive option for the ambitious franchise, who would get to form part of an already spectacular power-play unit.
Who would Buffalo want for Jack Eichel? ‘McAvoy and Frederic, probably minimum’: https://t.co/9egJrd2USc
— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) March 1, 2021
The important thing here is that, compared to the constant struggles at the Sabres, there is genuine Stanley Cup-winning potential at the Bruins franchise. They are amongst the leading teams tipped for success, priced at +800 for the NHL championship with Mr Green Canada. The online sportsbook offers a wide variety of betting markets, plus live sports betting, so are a great comprehensive platform to visit when evaluating the performance of teams in the franchise. Chiefly the Bruins and the Sabres, at such a pivotal moment.
The key here is the fact that Eichel is on a $10 million average annual contract until 2026. However, with a no-movement clause which is due to start during the 2022 season, that could be pivotal towards any decisions taken by Sabres management. GM Kevyn Adams could be tempted to offload, undoubtedly with the blessing of Terry and Kim Pegula, so long as the Bruins are offered a good choice of player options during any trade talks.
Rangers also covet the Sabres captain
Closer to home, and not without coincidence after the first of four consecutive games against the New York Rangers, they are also being heavily linked with a bid to land Eichel. Immediately after the Buffalo Sabres were beaten 2-3 at Madison Square Gardens, the New York Post claims that given the Rangers are in the market for a first-line center.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) March 2, 2021
Eichel would be an ideal fit and what’s more, he would be offered the chance of a reunion with his former Boston University coach, David Quinn, who now leads the Rangers. Although any deal would undoubtedly be costly for the New York franchise, in order to get their man, they could be prepared to step ahead of the queue, even willing to open talks ahead of the April 12 NHL trade deadline.
Even if nothing happens by that point, there is a strong belief that by the offseason, Rangers management will remain in the hunt for Eichel. In fact, there are already parallels being made with their move for Rick Nash a decade ago, when the organization were fixated by a trade target, then pulled out all the stops to seal the deal. The same could happen again, if they are determined enough to get Eichel on the Rangers roster.