The price for the Rangers to acquire Jack Eichel is revealed!

​Geez, that’s a lot!

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On Tuesday night, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel was ruled out from playing at the  Philadelphia Flyers because of an upper-body injury. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman has reported that Eichel could be out long-term.

This prompted the insider to kick off his weekly 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet with some news on Eichel and the Sabres, who will need to make tough decisions in the near future. We can all understand if Eichel wants out of Buffalo, he who is still seeking the thrill of the postseason after six years in the NHL. Friedman added in his column that Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams have scenarios ready for whatever comes at them : whether the teams moves on with Eichel or without. 

His colleague Jeff Marek has admitted how much he doubts that Eichel will be in a Sabres’ uniform next season and this had led him to reveal what he believes Eichel will cost the New York Rangers, who have been rumoured to be after the star forward. 

Marek stated that the Rangers will need to give up their latest first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere along with Kaapo Kakko, whom they selected second overall in 2019 - and with that their next first overall pick. 

As you can see, it would be incredibly expensive to get your hands on Eichel. On the other hand, one can’t blame Adams for asking this much in return for his captain. 

The 24-year-old has put up just two goals and 16 assists for a total of 18 points in 21 games so far this season. Once this year is over, Eichel still five years left on his current contract, earning him 10 millions per year.

If he is traded, everyone agrees that the chances are much greater for the deal to materialize in the summer, during the offseason as teams have more leeway to make this type of blockbuster trade. 

Imagine a Jack Eichel and Artemi Panarin duo in New York! If you were the Rangers’ GM, would you pull the trigger on this deal?