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Malcolm Subban!


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The Rights To Johnny Boychuk Have Been Acquired By The Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres are now above the salary cap.

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On Trading Jack Eichel

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

Kevyn Adams took a deep breath. He looked down and shook his head with a pained grin. He took another deep breath.

The Sabres general manager repeated this multiple times.

“It has been a really challenging situation,” Adams said about the Jack Eichel trade process, which finally concluded Thursday in a deal with Vegas. “It’s so complicated when you’re dealing with a superstar-level player. That’s complicated enough, and then you take in the medical and all the other things that were going on …”

He briefly laughed. A distressed laugh.

“Whoof, I guess I wasn’t ready for that question,” Adams said, trying to maintain his emotions.

In answering what he learned about trading a superstar, Adams showed the pain that many have felt. It hasn’t been easy for the GM, who was trying to reconcile an organization’s losing past with building a brighter future. It’s been indescribably hard on Eichel, who had his health and hockey stripped away through a herniated disk in his neck, and his family.

continued (paid)

added 2:47pm, Elliotte Friedman sat down with Eichel today.  Watch a snippet below and the full interview will be up later tonight.

added 4:25pm, full interview with Eichel is below.

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Jack Eichel To Vegas


added 7:46am,


added 9:07am, Vegas Is going to have cap issues...

added 9:37am, Trade is offical, see below.

added 9:41am, VGK release is below.

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Would You Make This Trade For Jack Eichel?

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The Latest On Jack Eichel

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Here's what we know through multiple NHL sources:

1. The Sabres aren't retaining any salary. Nor should they. If you want Jack Eichel, why should Buffalo pay for some of your freight for the next four-plus years? Go find a third team to help you with the money. Arizona loves stuff like that.

2. Things started heating up last week with Vegas, which is just 4-4 and dealing with major injuries (Alex Tuch, Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone). Things got worse for the Golden Knights on Tuesday when it was announced that William Karlsson might miss six weeks with a fractured foot.

In a flat-cap time, there's just not many teams that can afford a $10 million contract for the next four years, and the Sabres aren't budging about retaining any salary, Mike Harrington says.

Vegas could probably be cap-compliant with Eichel by using Long Term Injured Reserve on some of the above names (and there's real fear Stone's injury will extend much of the season). But once the Golden Knights get healthy, how do they fit Eichel in, too? Especially if he's ready to go before the playoffs. What would they have to give up aside from prospects to make the money work?...

3. Adams may be pondering multiple kinds of deals. ESPN analyst and former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes said over the weekend not to sleep on Calgary as an Eichel partner and it was an odd point to make on first glance because the Flames don't have mega prospects like the kinds discussed with Anaheim, Vegas or Los Angeles.

But with the Sabres off to a 5-2-1 start and Don Granato quickly getting entrenched as perhaps the franchise's best coach since Lindy Ruff, you wonder if Adams is pondering some NHL help and not just futures.

much more

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How The New York Rangers Could Get Involved In Trade Talks For Jack Eichel

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So lo and behold there is renewed urgency to settle this Jack Eichel matter, and it is good to see that Slap Shots missed absolutely nothing during our annual late summer hiatus.

And, also pretty much right where we left it, we are being told alternately by well-placed sources that the Rangers are, A) pretty skeptical of the value of dealing for Eichel; and, B) in regular communication with the Sabres over this matter.

Can both things be true at once? Probably. Maybe.

But here is one truth: if the Rangers do become active bidders for Eichel, it won’t necessarily be because they prefer the Sabres’ excommunicated ex-captain to Mika Zibanejad, but because they know they won’t be able to sign No. 93 to a contract extension.

Remember, unless the Sabres agree to eat 40 or 50 percent of Eichel’s $10 million annual cap charge, the math will prohibit the Rangers from having both him and Zibanejad past this season given the extremely tight squeeze the club will confront starting next season.

more and other topics like this...

So, won’t the NHL be so proud when the first 10-year-old is spotted wearing the “authentic” 2022-23 Caps jersey with an advertisement of a bookmaking operation plastered on the uniform?

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No Movement On The Jack Eichel Front

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres remain at an impasse as the NHL regular season approaches.

The star’s new agent, Pat Brisson of CAA, updated the latest with his client during a Thursday appearance on The Jeff Marek Show.

“It’s an interesting case, it’s a very complicated case,” Brisson said.

Eichel has been out with a herniated disk since March and prefers artificial disk replacement (ADR) surgery as a solution, however the team has not approved this type of procedure that has never been performed on a hockey player at the NHL level. Fusion surgery is a more common procedure for herniated discs.

Based on the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the team has final say on what type of surgery can be approved.

Brisson confirmed there are teams in the league willing to allow Eichel to go through with ADR, which will hopefully help facilitate a trade.


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The Latest On Jack Eichel

from TSN,

It appears there could be some movement on the  trade front.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that ongoing discussions and additional access to Eichel’s medical file has helped teams with trade interest clearly see his situation. He adds that both the Sabres and Eichel are hopeful a deal can be worked out soon with one of the interested teams.

Dreger said last week on Insider Trading that the Sabres were sharing Eichel's medical information with teams that have trade interest, noting the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association had also been involved in the standoff between the two sides over how to treat the centre's neck injury.


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Gary Bettman On Robin Lehner And Jack Eichel

from Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined The Jeff Marek Show on Monday and was asked about his perspective on Lehner's position.

"We take his comments seriously and we'd like in short order to be in a conversation with him so we can hear his concerns directly and we're going to follow up to see what merit there may be to his concerns," Bettman said. "You don't have to tweet to get our attention. We have an 800 number people can call. You can call us directly, we're an open book. But if he has concerns we want to hear them and see how they need to be addressed."...

Bettman was asked for his latest insight into the ongoing Eichel situation.

"We're pretty up to speed in terms of what's going on," Bettman said. "And there's a legitimate disagreement among doctors as to what the course of treatment would be best, both in the short-term and long-term and that's something everybody's wrestling with.

"It's a terrible situation. I don't think it's fair to point the finger at anybody in terms of who's right and wrong. I think everybody's approaching this with the best intentions and that the injury is complex both in its diagnosis and its treatment and I think people need to be a little more patient."


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