Latest (and encouraging) update in Jack Eichel trade situation!

​Finally!

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Training camps are less than a few weeks away and fans are still waiting to see if Jack Eichel will be traded by the Buffalo Sabres. 

We know how serious Eichel is about getting shipped out of Buffalo as he recently hired agent Pat Brisson to make things happen. While he is still waiting to undergo surgery on a neck injury, the main issue is the asking price from Sabres’ GM Kevyn Adams. He is reportedly seeking and not budging from his demand of the equivalent of four first-round picks,  which could be anything from young, established roster players, A-level prospects, or actual first-round draft picks in the next two NHL drafts. But there aren’t many teams with the roster pieces and draft capital available to make that kind of offer to the Sabres…

This is why this latest update from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is encouraging (and we bet Eichel is optimistic). According to the insider, the Sabres have re-engaged interested teams after meeting with Eichel’s representatives. This is what he reports in a short blog: 

“The Sabres had an “introductory meeting” with Jack Eichel’s new representatives. Both sides are trying to keep things very quiet, but, as of yet, word is there’s no resolution. As with many of our own responsibilities, several NHL situations picked up steam after Labour Day. I do believe Buffalo re-engaged with interested teams to see where everyone stands. We will see where things go.”

Eichel is under contract through 2025-26 with a $10-million cap hit. And we still have no clue where he will play next season. But let’s hope teams now in contact with the Sabres can find an agreement to have the star forward in a better position for his career this upcoming season.