NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel’s way out of Buffalo, ESPN getting hockey back, and untouchable Predators

Jack Eichel has dominated the NHL Rumor Mill as of late. You have to wonder if the Sabres struggles haven’t impacted his play this season. He only has two goals on the year to go with 13 points in 14 games.

Over the previous two seasons, Eichel’s points per game average was at 1.10. This year it has dipped to .92 which is still excellent but trending in the wrong direction for the 24 year-old center.

NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel’s way out of Buffalo

Let’s be clear about one thing, the Buffalo Sabres have Eichel locked under contract until the summer of 2026. They do not have to trade him.

Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun considered that when he wrote his latest column. That’s why he believes that if Eichel were to go a similar public route to Patrik Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois it would put the Sabres in a tough spot and expedite a move.

Eichel has not spoken to reporters since earlier in the week, but how do you think he is feeling now? How long before he does what Patrik Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois both did and tells his agent that he wants to be traded to a team that knows how to build around a superstar? And how long before GM Kevyn Adams decides to roll the dice and see what he can fetch for a 24-year-old who is in the prime of his career?

Toronto Sun

This is going to come to a head either at the trade deadline or more likely than not, the offseason.


NHL Rumors: ESPN reportedly in the next hockey TV deal

It looks like ESPN will be getting back into broadcasting some NHL games in the next TV contract. As NBC’s deal is expiring and word that NBCSN is shutting down, this is a big deal for the NHL.

NHL Rumors: Only three untouchable Predators

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Saros and Rinne in Nashville (NHLI)

The firesafe in Nashville is coming. Last night on Saturday Headlines, Elliotte Friedman provided an update. “Word is maybe only three untouchables,” he began. “Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and Pekka Rinne.”

“The Predators are willing to listen on just about anybody,” Friedman continued. “That includes Filip Forsberg, and that also includes – which I found interesting Dante Fabbro.”

The names of Forsberg and Fabbro are a bit shocking to me. Forsberg is 26 years-old and is having a good season on a bad team with 15 points in 17 games. Centers are always desirable and he would certainly fetch them a huge return. As for Fabbro, I struggle to see the Predators trading away a 22 year-old right defenseman with 6 points in 17 games.