NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel forgoes notion of trade and tries hard for surgery; and Senators looking for help

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Feb 26, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) before the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Eichel has apparently given up on the notion of being traded out of the Sabres organization and working with his new team on getting his artificial disc replacement.

Instead, the 24 year-old center went out and spoke with several specialists in order to convince GM Kevyn Adams to let him get the surgery he desires.

NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel trying to convince Sabres of his surgery

There was talk that the Sabres were open to accepting conditions in any trade involving Eichel. Unfortunately, most teams interested don’t have cap space and would like salary retained AND contracts taken back. Thus far it’s been a non-started for Buffalo.

So now with trade talks dead, Eichel and his camp are collecting evidence to convince the Sabres to let him get the disc replacement.

“Trade market went quiet, so Eichel’s camp is “bombarding” Sabres management w/ medical opinions they have collected,” ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reports. “One last attempt to convince Buffalo to let Eichel get his preferred surgery.”

Eventually something is going to have to give. The Sabres hardcore stance is actually not helping themselves. While it is exciting that they are off to a great start, getting assets for Eichel now will only help them keep progressing.

The puck is now on Adams’ stick, what will he do with it? If he let’s Eichel get the surgery and return healthy, teams will be less apprehensive to make a deal. It’s really that simple.

Ottawa Senators looking for top 9 help

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Oct 21, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) gets knocked to the ice in the third period against the San Jose Sharks at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators lost Colin White long-term with a shoulder injury. They did get Brady Tkachuk back in the lineup, but want to bolster the offense.

“[The Senators] would like some help down the middle. They would even take some help down the wing if that’s what it takes to get this done,” Chris Johnston said on TSN’s Insider Trading. “They’re looking to add a player to their top nine that can produce a little offensively and help out their group in that regard.”

According to Johnston, the Sens are in good shape with 11 draft picks in 2022 and some prospects. So they certainly have the assets to get a deal done.