The smoke surrounding Jack Eichel’s divorce from the Buffalo Sabres grows thicker with each passing day. Elliotte Friedman went on WGR550 and said that he does envision a scenario where Buffalo trades Eichel. Not only that, but the Rangers were one of two teams he sees offering a package for Eichel. The Rangers do have the pieces to make it work. I polled Twitter and asked folks to send their best Jack Eichel trade proposals. Here are some of the highlights.
Chytil, Buch, high end prospect, couple firsts.
— Josh Visser (@joshvisser) February 19, 2021
This seems to be the most popular scenario. Buffalo gets a young top-six center, a top-six winger, a top prospect, and a few picks to get the rebuild going. For the Rangers, this is actually a relatively low cost.
Lundkvist, Kravtsov, Strome, 2 1sts?
— Uzair Ahmed (@uzair_ahmed8) February 19, 2021
If Buffalo wants just futures, then they’d get two top prospects and 2 first round picks. Ryan Strome here is just to make money work.
Eichel, Skinner (salary retained)
Zibenijad, Buchnevich, Khodorenko, Lundkvist, 21’ first, 22 2nd and 3rd
— MichaelAndrews (@zMichaelAndrews) February 19, 2021
I had trouble wrapping my head around this one. I guess the money works if you factor in Mika Zibanejad’s next contract. For Buffalo the return is all over the place.
Mika buch Georgie and 2 first rounders. Really fair in my opinion. Buffalo gets a ton of assets in this trade and Georgie can get more playing time in buffalo for the time being
— Blueshirts30 (@JacobFo20773825) February 19, 2021
This gives the Sabres three pieces to plug in immediately and then two first rounders to restock the shelves. The premise here is that the Rangers can’t afford Eichel and Zibanejad’s next contract, which might be true.
2021 1st round pick
2022 1st round pick
— NYRTim (@nyjtim) February 19, 2021
This is the other direction the Sabres may go. Instead of trying to rebuild on the fly, they get prospect that are close, but not all are NHL ready. The three kids are all likely destined to be productive NHLers. The firsts are the firsts. The question here is salary.
Kreider, Strome, Robersson and 21 1st and Maybe a 2nd.
— dom🎉💤🧢 LFGR 5-7-3 NYM SZN😇 0-0 (@_caddyy_) February 19, 2021
Kreider isn’t accepting a trade to Buffalo.
Kravstov, Nils, Strome, 1st
— Nick Fischetti (@NFischetti24) February 19, 2021
We are getting into “is this enough?” territory. Logically speaking, this isn’t enough. But disgruntled star players never fetch what they are worth. Ryan O’Reilly got some magic beans. Is Eichel the next in line?
straight up for Colin Blackwell
— Brandon (@brandonco4) February 19, 2021
Brandon. You’re fired.
It’s fun to do these Jack Eichel trade proposals. While there are some good ones, some bad ones, and some Brandon ones, it’s almost impossible to guess what the trade cost will be. To get to a proper trade cost, we need to understand what direction Buffalo is heading in. They can tear it down, or can rebuild on the fly. We likely won’t know that until the trade deadline. Until then, let’s keep those proposals coming. It’s fun.