Imagine my surprise when I started making calls today and heard Jack Eichel trade rumours, including unverified chatter he may have at some point recently requested a trade out of BUF and that NYR were amongst interested teams. This, of course, required further investigation.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 28, 2020
This is a total shock, a second in just three days. We had spoken about Eichel over three months ago and theorized what it would take to land the center. This was more of an exercise, as the Sabres are in the middle of an overhaul, and are now on an internal budget due to COVID. Eichel is making $10 million a season for the next six years, taking him through his age-28 season.
Eichel’s price tag, as an elite level 1C, is going to be high. Expect young roster players to go the other way. When I wrote that post, I was contacted by someone unaffiliated with either organization and was told the conversation likely needs to include Kaapo Kakko or Adam Fox. Things change in a COVID world. Now saddled with an internal budget, this may have more smoke to it than initially thought.
Let’s assume both Kakko and Fox are untouchable. Does some combination of Filip Chytil and Tony DeAngelo, with other assets get it done? This is a new wrinkle in the Jack Eichel to the Rangers rumor. This is the type of move that the Rangers can make to exploit teams that are cash strapped due to COVID.