NHL Rumors: Flyers and Coyotes enter Jack Eichel trade talk, and Patrick Roy spoke with New York Rangers

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Jan 18, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes a save as Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) jumps out of the way during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Flyers and Coyotes are two more teams entering trade talk for Buffalo Sabres center, Jack Eichel. Yesterday, we learned that Rick Tocchet will get interviews with both the Kraken and Rangers and it looks like another former NHL star will talk with the team from Broadway.

More teams enter Jack Eichel trade talk

It was to be expected. When a player of Jack Eichel’s caliber is rumored to be on the market, tons of teams are going to be at least mentioned in a potential trade deal. For the record only two teams have either been reported to make an offer or have a trade discussion. They are the Rangers and Kings respectively.

Now there’s been chatter with the Bruins, but they don’t really have the assets to make a deal. The Blue Jackets have Patrik Laine so there’s certainly the possibility for a legit hockey trade there. The rumor mill got two more teams when Pierre LeBrun mentioned the Flyers in a recent article.

I could see the Flyers looking into Jack Eichel, for example. I could also see them reaching out to Nashville and inquiring yet again on either Mattias Ekholm or Ryan Ellis.

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What LeBrun wrote isn’t much to go on, but since he is a top insider, it gets people talking. Do the Flyers really have the assets and cap room to make such a deal? I just don’t think so.

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Jack Eichel trade talk (Photo: The Canadian Press)

The other comes form a little less reliable source in Jimmy Murphy, who claims that the Coyotes are a major suitor for Eichel.

Let me just leave you with this. Does anyone think that Jack Eichel is going to be thrilled to go from one floundering franchise to another? The Coyotes opted to give up first round draft picks instead of paying a hefty fine for circumventing scouting combine rules. I just don’t see it happening, even if Eichel has no control over his destiny or not.

Patrick Roy spoke with Chris Drury about Rangers coaching job

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Colorado Avalanche Patrick Roy looks on from the bench during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Former Montreal Canadiens great and Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has spoken to Chris Drury about the open coaching job.

The Blueshirts’ newly installed president-general manager has previously met with Gerard Gallant, who entered this derby with the shortest odds. It is believed that Drury has been in contact with both John Tortorella and Patrick Roy, though it does not seem that their talks could be construed as job interviews.

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Note that John Tortorella had a similar conversation. The question remains in a more formal interview is coming for either candidate.