NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel happy about Sabres offseason moves, Bruins should offer sheet Mikhail Sergachev and more

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Eichel rumors (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Jack Eichel is a name that has come up in the rumor mill a few times since last season. After missing the playoffs again, the 24 year-old star went on record that he’s tired of losing. This of course sparked plenty of rumors about the Sabres trading him.

NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel pleased with Sabres moves

His comments were enough to get the Rangers and a number of teams to check in on his availability. So how does Jack Eichel feel about the Sabres offseason moves? He went on the Missin’ Curfew podcast to talk about it.

“We added Eric Staal. Obviously, he’s won a Cup, he’s been around the league for a while. A guy like Cody Eakin, a guy like Hallsy. These are guys, established guys in the league that are older, veteran guys. I think they bring a lot on the ice. Taylor Hall, MVP a few years ago. He’s going to bring a lot to the game, but I think they bring a lot to the locker room and just overall the culture of your group. … It’s so hard to win when you’re young. … I think it’s so important to have that veteran presence in the room and on the ice, so I think it was good for us to add that this offseason. We’ll see what happens.”

Jack Eichel via Buffalo News

So it looks like Eichel is happy…for now.

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Bruins should offer sheet Mikhail Sergachev

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Mikhail Sergachev offer sheet? (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins should shore up their defense by giving Lightning Mikhail Sergachev an offer sheet. At least that’s what Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic seems to think.

His thought process behind it is that Sergachev is the type of player you want to go after and it hurts a division rival. As far as what an offer looks like, he thinks the Bruins should go in the tier 1 or tier 2 category to get him.

When it comes to offer sheets there are two considerations: the annual average and the draft pick compensation attached to the annual average. For a player of Sergachev’s calibre, we’re looking at the following two tiers.

$4.36M – $6.54M: First- and third-round pick

$6.54M – $8.73M: First-, second- and third-round pick

The Athletic

An interesting take, but one that I just don’t see happening.

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Matt Dumba staying put…for now

Take Matt Dumba off the trade bait board at least for now. Wild GM Bill Guerin told NHL.com that they are not shopping Matt Dumba.

“I’m prepared to start the season with him, and we really like that,” Guerin said. “He’s a good young player. He’s got good energy. I love his competitiveness. Our defensive corps, I’ll out them up against anybody’s.”

Guerin also said the team will name a captain after moving on from Mikko Koivu. Zach Parise seems like a likely candidate.