We know how much forward Jack Eichel is sick of waiting around for the Buffalo Sabres to trade him. On Friday, he took matters in his own hands - well his agents did - publishing an impactful statement on the trade process in Buffalo and saying more on his neck injury.
It was recently revealed byTSN’s Bob McKenzie that the Eichel talks were “dead quiet” since the opening of free agency last week and Darren Dreger added that Eichel has now become the “forgotten superstar” on the market and that frustration level is increasing in his camp.
This could explain how a video of Eichel skating and ripping one-timers on the ice got onto social media on Tuesday. The practice took place in Boston (Bruins fans getting more interested) and has surely allowed some rival teams to take a better look at the Sabres’ captain. Eichel played his last game of the campaign for the league-worst Sabres on March 7 before being ruled out for the remainder due to his neck injury. And so interested teams finally get to see what he can offer!
Last week, it was reported that the Sabres had demanded for the Vegas Golden Knights to give Reilly Smith, Peyton Krebs, Nic Hague and a first-rounder in return for Eichel. It’s also rumoured that the Sabres would dare to ask the Montreal Canadiens for “Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Alexander Romanov. And they don’t intend to settle for just one of those three players. They also ask for prospects and picks,” per RDS’ Francois Gagnon.
Eichel is under contract through 2025-26 with a $10-million cap hit. We’ve heard rumours of many teams entering trade talks, not only the Golden Knights and Canadiens, but also the Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers…
Let’s see if this viral video changes the intensity of the trade chatter out there!