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Trading Jack Eichel

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It’s not whether he is going to be traded in the off-season. That much is certain following his end-of-year comments of a “disconnect” between him and the team regarding his health. Rather, it’s whether the Buffalo Sabres can get enough value for him to make a deal worth pursuing.

After the miserable year he and the team have had — two goals and 18 points in 21 games before a neck injury ended his season — it’s a question that isn’t necessarily easy to answer.

Sabres fans might consider Eichel a superstar, or at the very least a top-10 centre. And with a $10-million cap hit, he is certainly being paid like one. But the 24-year-old hasn’t exactly produced at a superstar level during his six years in the league.

Nor would he even crack the top-10 when it comes to goals and points among NHL centres.

Prior to this year, 23 players had produced more offence than Eichel since he entered the league in 2015-16. Among centres, he ranks 15th in goals and 14th in points. He has never scored 40 goals. He has never put up 90 points. Only twice has he even finished the season with a point per game. And just once has he ranked among the top-10 in scoring, when he tied Jonathan Huberdeau with 82 points in 2019-20.

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All eyes seem to be on the Eichel “sweepstakes”. Even before his comments on monday that accelerated everything. While I think Stevie will inquire just for the sake of doing so, I don’t see any deal being made here.

I’m more interested in seeing who will become available from teams like Calgary, Dallas, Vancouver, Columbus, etc. All are expected to shake up their cores after dismal seasons.

If I were Stevie, while everyone is focused on Eichel, I would be inquiring about Monahan, Seguin, Werenski

Posted by SauceBoss on 05/12/21 at 11:34 AM ET

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courtesy of BetOnline,

Jack Eichel’s Next Team                      

New York Rangers                       5/2

Los Angeles Kings                     3/1

Arizona Coyotes                       4/1

Boston Bruins                           5/1

Calgary Flames                         6/1

Minnesota Wild                         8/1

Detroit Red Wings                       9/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                 10/1

Philadelphia Flyers                     14/1

Washington Capitals                     16/1

Chicago Blackhawks                   20/1

Montreal Canadiens                     22/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                   33/1

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/12/21 at 02:32 PM ET

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Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

The 24-year-old captain and face of the franchise revealed that the disagreement stemmed from his desire to undergo surgery on the herniated disk in his neck that limited him to only 21 games. Eichel’s bombshell in which he stated, “Listen, my number one interest and my number one goal is Jack Eichel,” fueled trade speculation and raised questions about the Sabres’ handling of the matter.

Kevyn Adams’ rebuttal Wednesday provided some answers. During an opening statement to kick-start a 45-minute end-of-season media availability, Adams said that Eichel wants to undergo a procedure that’s never been done on a player in the National Hockey League.

The Sabres’ doctors, and a medical expert sought out by Eichel for a second opinion, agreed on a “conservative rehab approach” for 12 weeks before imaging would determine next steps.

“Now it’s been speculated and discussed from Jack’s camp about potentially having a surgery that’s never been done on a National Hockey League player before,” said Adams. “Our doctors aren’t comfortable with that. But I think we all are in a position where we want the same thing and hope that when we re-image this in the timeline I laid out, Jack will have made steps and strides to be in a position where we’re in a better spot.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/12/21 at 02:44 PM ET


Yeesh, that’s a helluva quote from Eichel.  Doesn’t he know how that is going to sound?  Of course players have to look out for themselves, careers aren’t that long, but maybe try to sound a little more mature about it.  I was sympathetic to him going into this but the more I read the less interested I would be if I were kicking the tires on a trade.

Posted by dwgs on 05/12/21 at 04:13 PM ET

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Kevyn Adams’ rebuttal Wednesday provided some answers. During an opening statement to kick-start a 45-minute end-of-season media availability, Adams said that Eichel wants to undergo a procedure that’s never been done on a player in the National Hockey League.

Much like Yzerman undergoing a knee osteotomy in 2003, which was never performed on a professional athlete before but performed on people who are under 60 and live an active lifestyle, the Organ-I-zation let him have the surgery done and played until his retirement in 2006.  He did look good skating in the Alumni Game at the Big House in 2014, though.

Yes, I get it:  a neck surgical correction procedure isn’t the same as surgery performed on a weight-bearing joint and I get that the Sabres were hesitant in whatever the procedure that Eichel was seeking.  However, I don’t begrudge Eichel for seeking alternate treatments or procedures, BUT if the Pegulas withheld him from seeking such treatment intentionally, then that organization is more screwed up than I can possibly imagine.

The point I’m getting at is the support from their respective bosses.  The Ilitches did whatever and paid whatever to ice the best team possible.  The Pegulas are suspicious, TO ME, in handling this issue.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/12/21 at 06:33 PM ET

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