NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel has not requested a trade, and Flames may trade Johnny Gaudreau

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Feb 22, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) and New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) battle for position during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres General Manager, Kevyn Adams held a press conference today and called everything “unacceptable”. It was a critical session and to the reporters’ credit in Buffalo – they asked some pointed questions.

Of course there was one everyone wanted to know about.

NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel has not asked for a trade

Adams was open about a great many things, especially why he can justify keeping Ralph Krueger behind the bench. His response was that he wasn’t going to make any moves based on emotions, but that everything is “under evaluation.”

When he was asked about if Jack Eichel has asked for a trade he didn’t hesitate with a response. “No, he has not asked for a trade,” Adams said. He also included that hey talk regularly, bounce ideas off each other and have open line of communication.

While that may satisfy some for now, Adams did also note that he is talking with every team in the league right now. He’s looking at all kinds of possible trades from short term to long term fixes.

Related: Realistic trade return for Jack Eichel

NHL Rumors: Johnny Gaudreau could be the next Flames change

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Feb 17, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby (49) collide during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

After firing Geoff Ward last night, Flames GM Brad Treliving hinted that may not be the last change coming. According to Scott Burnside of The Athletic, things haven’t really worked out with Johnny Gaudreau.

“It just hasn’t worked,” said one longtime NHL player and executive. Change, he said, seems inevitable, and not just peripheral change but change at the very heart of the roster. As in Gaudreau and/or Sean Monahan?

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When it comes to if Gaudreau is going to be traded the conclusion seems to be a resounding – yes. If that’s the case, keep your eyes on the Flyers and Devils as the top two landing spots.