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Teams Interested In Jack Eichel

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- In addition to the usual suspects — including the Ducks, Flyers, Wild, Kings and perhaps the Rangers — there is a previously undisclosed entrant in the Hunt for Jack Eichel.

For Slapshots has learned that the Blackhawks have taken a ticket at the deli counter in communicating their interest in the 24-year-old center, who is in the midst of divorce proceedings with the Sabres while possibly facing a tricky surgery to repair a herniated disk.

In order to succeed in the quest, Chicago’s offer would have to feature Kirby Dach — the 20-year-old center who was drafted third overall in 2019, recorded 23 points (8-15) in his rookie season and then played only 18 games last year after he suffered a wrist injury in a pre-World Juniors tournament game....

- We were told toward the end of the week that the Seattle GM Ron Francis had decided to hire Rick Tocchet as coach, after going far down the line with David Quinn, but there is nothing official at the moment.

- It is understood that Cole Caufield has played a sum of 22 NHL games, 10 in the regular season and another dozen in the playoffs. But when is the last time that everyone knew, just knew, that a draft’s 15th-overall selection, was going to make it big time?

Maybe 1977, when the Islanders selected Mike Bossy at that spot?

more on the first and third topics plus other notes...

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Down River Dan's avatar

Per Larry Brooks column:

It is kind of amusing, yes, that in a sport where the core tenant is accountability, not a soul is ever held accountable on Sixth Avenue for the state of utter disrepair that defines NHL on-ice officiating?

I purpose Detroit trades-  Khan, St. James, and Kulfan for Larry Brooks….. wink

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/19/21 at 02:00 PM ET


The officiating in that Montreal vs. Vegas game was a mess.

I’m no mind-reader but it looked deeply biased and like one ref in particular was freelancing to an extreme extent based on his personal opinions about players and teams.

Maybe the league and officials are gunshy after the Cody Eaken major against San Jose. But either a player is responsible for controlling their stick or they aren’t. Either they’re responsible for the results of taking almost baseball swings at the puck right towards and opponents face or they aren’t. This wasn’t behind the play. As the above makes clear the puck was right there.

How do officials stop play to scrape no small amount of blood off the ice -but show no interest in how it got there?

This is such a secretive and insular and defensive league and that’s a bad combination with what’s manifestly at best often incompetent officiating.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/19/21 at 06:49 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I was actually thinking it could make sense for the Hawks to trade for him if they want to satisfy Toews’s very vocal desire to continue to compete rather than rebuild. Then again, my friend who’s a hawks fan thinks Toews will never play again, so maybe it doesn’t matter what he thinks.

That franchise could possibly buy another few years of contention but they may also just be wasting more time to delay the inevitable.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/19/21 at 11:27 PM ET

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