7/1/21 | Darren Dreger was on Buffalo radio on Wednesday and said “I would wonder what sort of stomach the Buffalo Sabres have for moving Eichel to the NY Rangers, but at the end of the day if the Rangers are presenting the best package, the best return then you gotta consider it. It’s about getting the best return, not worrying about what Jack Eichel is going to do with the next club. The Rangers definitely have the pieces, I think they are a little uncomfortable with the cap hit, they’ve got Mika Zibanejad who is probably a more complete player, he doesn’t have the star power that Eichel has offensively speaking, but we know he’s a real good 200ft player.”
6/28/21 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the Rangers have had “preliminary” talks with the Sabres about Jack Eichel’s health and his availability in a trade.
Brooks writes that the Sabres are seeking four pieces that “would be equivalent of first-rounders” for Eichel. (NY Post)
- This is similar to what was reported in March.
He adds that it isn’t known how interested the Rangers actually are in Eichel and/or if Drury’s conversations are anything more than “due diligence.” (NY Post)
Eichel has five-years left on his contract and he has a cap hit of $10 million per season.
Adam Rotter: The feeling from many around the league is that Eichel will be skating next season for either LA or Anaheim. Those two teams have high picks and/or prospects and while the Rangers have the young players and prospects to get a deal done, the biggest thing that LA and Anaheim have is that they are on the other side of the country and not downstate from Buffalo.
It’s hard to believe that anyone is going to offer the Sabres four first-round equivalent picks if they don’t retain some to half of his salary. Eichel at $10 million is worth one price, but Eichel at anywhere between $5 million and $10 million is worth a lot more. From a Rangers point of view, Eichel at $5 million to $7.5 million might be worth including Kaapo Kakko and/or K’Andre Miller because Eichel at that price will allow the Rangers to also sign Mika Zibanejad to an extension. Do I think anything close to that will happen or that Buffalo has interest in retaining even $1? No, but that would be the only way I would see the Rangers include either of those players in a deal. In any event, it seems like a long shot at this point that Eichel will end up with the Rangers.