NHL Rumors: Flyers out on Seth Jones; Jack Eichel wants to play for Bruins; and Rick Tocchet in Toronto

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Feb 16, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

When Seth Jones told the Blue Jackets he was going to test free agency next summer; it prompted Columbus to put him on the trade block. One team that immediately went after the stud defenseman were the Philadelphia Flyers.

Now it appears Philly has backed off and may go a different route.

NHL Rumors: Flyers out on Seth Jones?

In Elliotte Friedman’s final 31 Thoughts blog of the season, he said that the Flyers chase for Seth Jones is “off” for now. The reason provided from the NHL’s top insider is that Jones won’t commit to a contract extension.

In fairness, without Jones agreeing to extend the price of acquisition is simply way too high. The question I have is a simple one; is this just Jones’ opinion on the Flyers, or are there only a few teams he’d be willing to extend with? There’s a generally shared thought that if the Avalanche trade for him, he’d extend with them.

As for the Flyers, they will likely turn their attention to Dougie Hamilton. However, my gut says this is not over.

Eichel says he’d love to play for the Bruins…one day

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Jan 11, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; Fans greet Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) as he makes his way to the ice before a game against the Vancouver Canucks at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Eichel looked to be comfortable and in good spirits during an interview with a local Boston news station. Aside from learning his favorite ice cream flavor is coffee oreo, the young center said he’d love to play for his hometown team.

“I think every kid grows up dreaming of playing for their hometown team,” Eichel said to Boston 25 News. “Whether that happens now, later in my career. Who knows, if it ever happens, it would be pretty cool, but yeah – I mean who knows what’s gonna happen here in the next little bit.”

The 24 year-old center still has an underlying neck issue that his agent recently said they were coming to a “resolution” on with the Sabres. By the way this interview went it confirms that resolution is indeed a trade and his next team will deal with it.

As for playing in Boston? It is unlikely because Eichel’s no-trade clause does not kick in until next summer. Even so, the Bruins do not have the assets or cap space to make the deal this summer. The Rangers and Ducks are the most likely landing spots.

Rick Tocchet a Maple Leafs assistant coach?

With all the available head coaching jobs filled, what’s next for Rick Tocchet? It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs have already reached out to see if he’d like to join Sheldon Keefe’s staff.