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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.

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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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Ticket Sales For The Buffalo Sabres On The Low End

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

When talking and listening to Sabres fans, the anecdotal evidence was overwhelming: Ticket sales were going to be ugly.

The actual evidence proves it.

Buffalo has hosted two preseason games, and acres of empty blue seats greeted the players in KeyBank Center. The Sabres announced 6,846 tickets sold for Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh and 6,327 tickets sold for Monday’s 5-3 loss to Columbus. The actual attendance in the 19,070-seat building was just a fraction of those low numbers – it would have been possible to count the attendees Monday night – but ticket sales tell the damning story.

Fans who bought full season-ticket packages were charged for the three home preseason games. So, at most, the Sabres have sold 6,327 full-season packages, based on Monday’s ticketed attendance number. Buffalo used to cap season-ticket sales at 16,000, so the team could experience a drop of nearly 10,000 regular customers.

It’s a dizzying freefall for a place once dubbed “Hockey Heaven.”

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Two Trade Deadline Candidates - Eichel And Tarasenko

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

For different reasons, the names of Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel and St. Louis Blues elite winger Vladimir Tarasenko were front and center amid the trade rumor mill. Both Eichel and Tarasenko expressed the wish they be dealt as soon as possible, but here we are, with NHL training camps well underway, and yet each of the two remain untraded.

Does that mean they’re going to have to play this regular season out and try to pressure a deal in the summer of 2022?

Not necessarily.

In fact, I expect both of them to be moved before this coming season’s trade deadline. But fans of theirs who believe they’re going to be traded in the next few weeks should think twice. The NHL is not a reactionary league, and it’s entirely possible the Blues and Sabres hang onto their disgruntled employees until well into the 2021-22 schedule.

Why the wait? Well, for one thing, according to CapFriendly.com, virtually half the league’s teams (15 out of 32, in this case) have less than $1 million in salary cap space. 


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Let Jack Eichel Be

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

This is about more than a letter or cap space. It always has been.

Eichel is a 24-year-old who’s supposed to be in the prime of his life. He’s a physical specimen, a man who’s been pushing his body to legendary limits since his early teen years. He’s fine-tuned every muscle, allowing him to reach the pinnacle of his sport.

And now he has absolutely no say in the next step for his body. The CBA allows teams to determine the course of treatment for injuries. That’s fine for ankle sprains, broken fingers and ACL tears. Life-altering neck surgery is something else completely.

Eichel needs surgery to resume his NHL career and live a healthy life. He and the Sabres acknowledge that. It’s the only thing accepted by both parties.

The Sabres and their doctors insist Eichel undergo fusion surgery, a common practice. It involves removal of the damaged disk. Two vertebrae inhabit the empty space and fuse together, either with time or the addition of a plate.

Eichel says no way, not a chance, never going to happen....

The Sabres are in the infancy stage of yet another rebuild. Their best opportunity to take a step forward is to trade Eichel and bring in significant pieces. But they are pretending he’s healthy in trade talks and won’t let him get healthy in real life.

It’s just wrong.

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The Status Of Jack Eichel

Afams also said....

“I spoke to Jack two days ago, I spoke to the team yesterday and addressed this, Jack Eichel is no longer the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. From our perspective, the captain is your heartbeat of your team, and we are in a situation where we felt we needed to make that decision.”

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A Three-Year Deal For Rasmus Dahlin And The Buffalo Sabres

via the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $6 million dollars, the team announced Wednesday.

Dahlin, 21, tallied 23 points (5+18) in 56 games last season while averaging a career-high 21:36 of ice time. He led the Sabres with an average ice time of 23:26 over the final 19 games under coach Don Granato.

"His way to play was how I learned to play hockey," Dahlin said of Granato after the season. "But the thing I felt was that he trusted me as a player. He really saw what my potential was, and I felt comfortable playing out there. I wasn't thinking too much."

Buffalo drafted Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2018-19, when he played all 82 games and led rookie defensemen with 44 points (9+35).

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Buffalo Sabres And Toronto Maple Leafs Will Play An Outdoor Game In Hamilton

NEW YORK (Sept. 16, 2021) – The 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres on March 13, 2022, at Tim Hortons Field, in Hamilton, Ont., home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The game will be broadcast on TNT, Sportsnet, via stream on SN NOW, NHL Live and TVA Sports at 3 p.m. ET.

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