11/5/21 | Elliotte Friedman said on the 32 Thoughts podcast of the Rangers and Eichel, “when they got Zibanejad done there was no way they were going to be able to do it without retention. I think the other thing too is that, I believe the Rangers felt that the only way he was going to end up there was if their package was monumentally better than everybody else’s. I don’t think they thought it was impossible, but I think it had to be…if the trade with Vegas was going to be ‘this,’ the trade with the Rangers had to be ‘this’ times a billion.”
5:10PM: On Jeff Marek’s show on Friday, Elliotte Friedman was asked about Zibanejad and said “The first text that I got after we reported today was about Zibanejad, like ‘what do you think it’s going to mean for him?’ I think that is the obvious comparable. That is the one that stands out.”
10/8/21 | Pierre LeBrun writes that his “sense” is that the Rangers aren’t “as much in it anymore.” (The Athletic)
10/7/21 | 11:04 AM: On Wednesday, Darren Dreger tweeted that the Jack Eichel situation was “shifting” and that “both sides are hopeful something can be worked out soon.”
Elliotte Friedman wrote in 32 Thoughts that “there is a real push to find a solution, because Eichel’s displaced disc can’t be allowed to just sit on the nerve.”
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?”