Libor Hajek is the only remaining RFA that is unsigned.
7:43PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the latest package the Rangers have presented to the Sabres is built around Zac Jones, Vitali Kravtsov, Alex Georgiev and a first-round pick.
11:38AM: Elliotte Freidman was on Buffalo radio on Thursday morning and said the following about Jack Eichel and the Rangers:
“The one team we are all sitting here and wondering about is the Rangers. From what I heard, as recently as last week, what Buffalo wanted and what the Rangers were willing to do was, and I said this on our podcast, the idea of a Venn diagram and there was no overlap, that it was two separate circles. Like i heard what the Sabres wanted to do and the Rangers wanted to do wasn’t even close, not even close. I wonder if what the Rangers are looking at here, and the Rangers have some decisions to make down the middle, extend Zibanejad, trade for Eichel, what are you going to do with Strome, all this stuff. I think what the Rangers might be looking at is, ‘who are we really negotiating against? I kind of wonder if that is the way they look at it, does Buffalo have another outlet here?”
7/25/21 | Elliotte Friedman said on the 31 Thoughts podcast, “We said the Rangers were the stealth team on it and someone called me and he said you are right about that, but you are probably about a week or two late. He said, from what he understood, the Rangers and Sabres were just not close on the package. The Sabres wanted the likes of Schneider or Lundkvist and the Rangers didn’t want to go there, they wanted some of their top young players who were already on the roster and the Rangers didn’t want to go there. Basically, if you were doing a Venn-diagram of what the Rangers were offering and the Sabres wanted, there was no intersect in the middle, like two different circles.”
With Tampa Bay’s win over Montreal on Wednesday the 2020-21 NHL season is officially over.
The NHL’s Critical Dates calendar includes:
- The first buyout period begins: July 9
- The Seattle Expansion Draft: July 21
- NHL Draft: July 23, 24
- Free Agency: July 28
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.