Rangers Roundup: Day 1 of Development Camp; and Sabres reached out to interested teams about Jack Eichel

Today's Development Camp schedule; and latest on Eichel.

By Forever Blueshirts
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Rangers continue to struggle (Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Rangers officially open up Development Camp today. Goalie prospects Dylan Garand, Tyler Wall, and Talyn Boyko will kick things off with Benoit Allaire at 11 AM ET.

That will be followed up with on-ice testing for the remaining skaters. In total, there will be 16 forwards, 8 defenseman, and 3 goalies at the MSG Training Center.

New York Rangers Development Camp Day 1 Schedule

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Goalie Work…11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Group A On-Ice Test…12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Group B On-Ice Test…1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Group C On-Ice Test…2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dylan Garand is the goalie to watch at camp. He spoke with us recently on being drafted and getting ready for the new season.

“I was at home watching the draft on my TV with my mom and my dad and we waited there watching until I got picked,” the 2020 4th round selection said. “It was a great feeling being drafted by the New York Rangers.”

“I have just been training and trying to get better for the next season,” Garand explains about his preparation for camp. “Ive really been using the extended off season by taking it as a positive and trying to get better.”

Sabres reaching out to teams on Eichel

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Jan 9, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) waits for a face off during the third period against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the Sabres met with Jack Eichel’s new representatives led by Pat Brisson. He termed it an “introductory meeting” as both sides try to keep this as quiet as possible.

“I do believe Buffalo re-engaged with interested teams to see where everyone stands,” Friedman said. “We will see where things go.”

TSN’s Shawn Simpson recently reported that Jack Eichel may have surgery “very soon” and his timetable to return would be December. If that’s indeed what is about to go down, that puts any possible trade for Eichel on hold.

Simpson also stated that the Sabres are still asking for somewhere between 4-6 pieces. They continue to demand mostly futures, including any interested team’s top two prospects which no one has remotely been willing to do.

Will a healthy post-surgery Jack Eichel fetch the return the Sabres are looking for? Only time will tell, but prior to his neck injury coming to light one team executive told me that no one is going to give what would essentially be four first picks for anyone.

A trade is inevitable but at least for now this one has cooled off. It will be red-hot again once we get to Christmas.

The question remains, were the Rangers one of the teams contacted? Or is Drury truly not interested in acquiring Eichel.

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