New York Rangers remain best team situated to land Jack Eichel despite “dead quiet” on trade front

By Forever Blueshirts
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Jan 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) is congratulated by teammates for scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are relatively quiet today. As of this writing, they’ve signed defensemen Patrik Nemeth and Jarred Tinordi. They also made some moves destined for the minors in Greg McKegg and Dryden Hunt.

Meanwhile, targets like Phillip Danault and Jordan Martinook have been taken off the board. And yet, here we are and Jack Eichel is still a member of the Buffalo Sabres with no end in sight.

Bob McKenzie says it’s “dead quiet” on Eichel trade front

During today’s Free Agent Frenzy broadcast, TSN’s Bob McKenzie provided the following update:

“The reality is things are dead quiet on the Jack Eichel front right now,” he said. With the Kings signing Phillip Danault, he notes that is another team out on trying to acquire him. Earlier today, Michael Russo stated that the Minnesota Wild dropped out. If you like at the moves the Golden Knights have made, you can see that the list of suitors are dwindling.

“You can go up and down, and around the different teams that might have interest, but right now it’s on the back burner,” McKenzie continued. “The Sabres are saying that’s just the reality of the market right now and everybody’s going to sit tight. It’s not an ideal situation for the Sabres and Eichel, but as of right now it’s really soft, really quiet.”

Who may still be in on Jack Eichel?

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Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) skates with the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the third period in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the cap situation of teams reportedly interested in Eichel:

  • ANA – $22.9M, 15/23 roster spots filled
  • CGY – $13.7M, 15/23
  • LAK -$5M, 23/23
  • VGK – $200K, 21/23
  • MIN – $22M, 15/23
  • CBJ – $15M, 15/23
  • BOS – $9M, 21/23
  • MTL – $1.5M, 21/23
  • NYR – $18.4M 21/23

Some may point to the cap relief the Habs will get from putting Weber on LTIR, but that’s not enough to take on Eichel’s $10M cap hit.

It’s clear to me that the team best situated to make a trade for Eichel are the New York Rangers. If I can see this using CapFriendly, so can Chris Drury. So why should he meet the Sabres very high demands?

The Sabres continue to ask for Braden Schneider or Nils Lundkvist from the Rangers. I doubt GM Chris Drury will add either of them. If he does complete the deal it should very much be like the offer which was relayed to me by a team source back in March.

Vitali Kravtsov, Filip Chytil, Zac Jones, and a first round pick are pieces they’d be willing to move.

By the way, the Rangers have done next to nothing in free agency save for a few minor signings. Why did they move out Pavel Buchnevich if not to make a trade or signing of consequence?

Who blinks first? Or are the Sabres and Jack Eichel destined more misery together.

–This article first appeared at The Daily Goal Horn.