Anonymous NHL executive tells The Athletic, “Jack Eichel is going to end up on New York Rangers”

By Anthony Scultore
Feb 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) on the ice for warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Athletic has released their trade board today and coming in at number two is none other than Jack Eichel. At the Daily Goal Horn I dropped him in at number five, but I think he needs to be higher.

“Jack Eichel is going to end up on New York Rangers”

When it comes to Eichel, it is hard to ignore what is going on in Buffalo. Add in the fact that Darren Dreger revealed he wanted out this past summer and you can see the writing on the wall.

While the belief is that it will be an offseason trade and not at this deadline, more people are leaning towards him being moved. The most intriguing comment from the article has one anonymous NHL executive putting forth his belief on an Eichel move.

“I think at the end of the day, Jack Eichel is going to end up a New York Ranger,” predicted one executive. “I just don’t know when that’s going to be.”

The Athletic

Another source they spoke to believes the Kings are the better match. That is if they are willing to give up Quinton Byfield or Alex Turcotte. That and the fact the Sabres may just want to send him West.

Bottom line, if Eichel is going to be traded the Blueshirts will be players.

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Jan 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) takes a shot on goalas New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) and defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) defend in the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Eichel wanted out this past summer

“Prior to the start of this season – go back into the summer – yeah it’s believed that Eichel had a conversation, and part of that conversation was wanting a change -wanting out of Buffalo,” Dreger said on Overdrive. “Now they found a way to talk him into changing from that mindset. They brought in Taylor Hall at $8 million, and they thought with a real good year maybe things would settle down.”

This is a stunning revelation, because up until this point it sounded like Eichel was just frustrated with losing and wanted to see the team take steps in a positive direction. Dreger also highlighted how Eichel’s body language looks completely off, and that’s only going to raise speculation that he’s looking to leave Buffalo.

“There’s some who wonder if Jack Eichel’s hurt? But his body language and the way he’s playing doesn’t look good at all,” Dreger emphasized.

Should Jack Eichel get moved, this would be one of the biggest trades in NHL history.

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