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Elliotte Friedman, Chris Johnston and Ron MacLean discussed- The problems in Buffalo, they are "wide open for business".  US based NHL players are starting to receive their Covid vaccine.  Fans once again able to attend games in a limited bases in the States.

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Buffalo is wide open for business if you want Staal, Okposo, Reinhart, or Montour. Even if you called about Hall or Skinner, they’d grant you permission to talk to the agent to see about waiving their NMC. But if you called about Rasmus Dahlin, Dylan Cozens, or Jack Eichel, you can expect a quick no or such a price you’d decline.

Lets say Eichel pushes to leave: what would it take for the Wings to get Eichel? I’d think it would start with this year’s 1st round pick, then add either Raymond or Zadina, and either Rasmussen or Veleno. So basically 3x 1st round picks (2 already made and the 2021 top 5 expected pick).

At that point it becomes pointless as the loss of those prospects destroys any depth for the rebuild. Also, Eichel basically orchestrated Dan Bylsma’s firing in Buffalo. So that would cause an instant problem with the Wings assistant coach.

That’s not even the worst part about it for the Wings: Buffalo’s got better pieces that will drive down the Wings tradebait value (with the exception of Glendening whose value is pretty stable at a 3rd). Again a reason I am hoping Stevie is a buyer of a young player that would be lost to Seattle otherwise in the expansion draft. Carolina’s Jake Bean or Haydn Fleury would be my primary targets.

Posted by d ca on 03/07/21 at 04:39 AM ET


I wouldn’t touch Eichel especially at what he would cost
in a trade. And even following StevieY’s best sales pitch,
why would we want more rebuilding?

That’s why a team like they Rangers makes much more sense
in terms of having good young players at forward to spare and
enough prospects and picks in relation to where they are in their own
rebuild not to gut the depth of the roster they plan to win with for years.

Bean and Fleury are reasonable ideas.
Other than Albert Johansson (we hope) we don’t yet
have a prospect on D beyond Seider who looks promising
in terms of ceiling and concrete progress toward getting there.
Some talented maybes still in their teens - but that’s it.
We badly need another young pro to grow with the core of our team.

I wouldn’t be too worried about losing one of Cholowski, Lindstrom, or Djoos
in expansion. We need an upgrade. Teams with 4-5+ tempting expansion-eligible D
are an obvious place to look. We’re not at the point of adding a top veteran UFA to
make a playoff contender better. Stecher and Merrill were good signings but their ceiling is what it is. If we can get an up and coming young pro who is eligible for expansion. And bring in Seider, and draft on the top D in the next draft, and one more prospect, let’s say Johansson, really one out, then suddenly we’ve got a young, deep, talented, affordable D core. We might not have one of those top-five defensemen league-wide who drive a lot of Cup teams but we’d have real depth in top-four quality and a couple legit top-pairing guys.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/07/21 at 02:30 PM ET


Why would *he* (Eichel) want more rebuilding.

And maybe it’s the toxic environment in Buffalo and frustration with
losing but I’m not convinced his is the attitude you’d want
helping or lead a young team. Some ego-driven confidence is one thing and
competitiveness is great. But you don’t want a guy who puts his frustration
in the form of blame on the coach, GM, other players around him re: why the team is losing.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/07/21 at 02:34 PM ET

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