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The Asking Price For Jack Eichel And The New York Rangers May Have Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Blueshirts have been linked to Eichel since last summer, when then-GM Jeff Gorton had pre-draft discussions with his Buffalo counterpart Kevyn Adams. The talks are believed to have broken down when Gorton refused to part with the first-overall selection that became Alexis Lafreniere. 

Eichel, who has been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck, is just coming off 12 weeks of rest and rehab as prescribed by the Sabres team physicians. The next step is unclear, but the 24-year-old center may be in line for surgery to replace the disk with an artificial one. That type of surgery is typically followed by a recovery period of up to three months.

We’re told that the Sabres have not yet granted permission for inquiring clubs to gain access to Eichel’s medical records. That would be expected to accompany latter-stage trade discussions.

Per sources, the Sabres are asking for at least four pieces that would be equivalent of first-rounders in exchange for Eichel, who left the lineup for good following his 21st game of the season on March 7, and has five years remaining on his contract that comes with an annual $10 million cap charge.

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MurrayChadwick's avatar

Crazy to me that teams would trade that much for a guy who needs neck surgery, and has baggage otherwise, include 5 years at $10MM per.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 06/28/21 at 01:47 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Crazy to me that teams would trade that much for a guy who needs neck surgery, and has baggage otherwise, include 5 years at $10MM per.

Yeah there is no way he’s going anywhere at that price.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/28/21 at 01:53 PM ET

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I have to assume the Sabres will have to eat part of the contract unless significant money is going the other way.

This seems like the type of move the Rangers would have made a decade ago. Do they really want to go back to that mentality? I know fans and perhaps ownership are ready for the team to truly turn the corner but just a little more patience might pay a much bigger dividend than trying to add a player with a bunch of question marks and a contract that’s only going to cause other problems.

Posted by evileye on 06/28/21 at 03:22 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

This seems like the type of move the Rangers would have made a decade ago. Do they really want to go back to that mentality? I know fans and perhaps ownership are ready for the team to truly turn the corner but just a little more patience might pay a much bigger dividend than trying to add a player with a bunch of question marks and a contract that’s only going to cause other problems.

Given the shakeup they made at the end of the season, this seems exactly like something the NYR ownership would push for.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/28/21 at 03:30 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Given the shakeup they made at the end of the season, this seems exactly like something the NYR ownership would push for.

Ding, Ding, Ding,.... we have a winner…  yeah I can see it too. Although I see the BlackHawks and Columbus with the resources to make it happen.

 

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/28/21 at 06:02 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Per sources, the Sabres are asking for at least four pieces that would be equivalent of first-rounders in exchange for Eichel

I’ve got an old ‘95 Buick Regal with a leaky gas line that I want a hundred grand for. You can ask for anything you want.

Four pieces each equal to first round picks might be within the realm of possibility for McDavid. Eichel? Not even close.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/28/21 at 06:09 PM ET

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I’ll go on record again.  But Eichel is a top top talent.  Its up to a team to judge how much he is potentially a prima donna / cancer, vs how much is just the crapshow the sabres are most of the time. 
Then there is the injury.  But if the injury stuff can be managed or the risk is low, the dude an upper echelon 1C.  Put him on a good team with depth and he’ll be that much more dangerous. 
4 equivalent pieces of a first round pick is definitely high with the other stuff surounding it, but the chance to get a guy like that doesn’t come along hardly ever. 
Its Seguin again and everyone thought he was a bad actor, and sure, he hasn’t won the cup, but that was a horrible horrible trade by Boston.  So if I’m the sabres, I’m making sure I get good pieces back or you’ll look as bad as Boston did.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/28/21 at 08:23 PM ET

d ca's avatar

… But Eichel is a top top talent.  Its up to a team to judge how much he is potentially a prima donna / cancer, vs how much is just the crapshow the sabres are most of the time. 
Then there is the injury.  But if the injury stuff can be managed or the risk is low, the dude an upper echelon 1C.  Put him on a good team with depth and he’ll be that much more dangerous. 
4 equivalent pieces of a first round pick is definitely high with the other stuff surounding it, but the chance to get a guy like that doesn’t come along hardly ever. 
Its Seguin again and everyone thought he was a bad actor, and sure, he hasn’t won the cup, but that was a horrible horrible trade by Boston.  So if I’m the sabres, I’m making sure I get good pieces back or you’ll look as bad as Boston did.
Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/28/21 at 09:23 PM ET

I agree that Eichel is much better than some people on here give him credit for and that Buffalo is a $hit show of an organization.

1) However, no one can properly access the injury risk as he will be undergoing a surgery that has never been preformed on an NHL player. There is no way to manage it or mitigate the risks. He’s the guinea pig.

2) There is very little chance he could be traded to an organization with depth given his cap hit and remaining term along with the flat cap and internal budgets.

3) Buffalo is essentially asking full freight for damaged goods.

If Buffalo wants the equivalent of 4x 1st rounders, the Wings can give up: Evgeny Svechnikov (2015 R1 P19), Bobby Ryan’s negotiation rights (2005 R1 P2), Vladislav Namestnikov (2011 R1 P27), and Marc Staal’s negotiation rights (2005 R1 P12).

Posted by d ca on 06/29/21 at 10:33 PM ET

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