NHL Rumors: Sabres have several offers for Jack Eichel; and top free agent predictions

We are just a few hours away from the madness that is Free Agent Frenzy in the NHL. Flat cap be damned, teams are already out there spending some big bucks.

The Capitals gave their aging superstar a 5 year deal with an AAV of $9.5 million. Colorado made sure to lock up their captain to an 8 year deal worth $7M AAV. Today, there are several other names expected to cash in and a few more big trades to look out for.

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NHL Rumors: Sabres have several offers for Jack Eichel

Will the Jack Eichel saga end today? The hockey world sure hopes so. This is the most drawn out trade in the history of sports.

According to Pierre LeBrun, he states the Sabres are in serious talks with multiple teams.

“On Jack Eichel, my sense from talking to a few people around the league is that Buffalo is in serious talks with multiple teams, the process hasn’t zeroed in on just one team yet,” he tweeted. “And I don’t think the Sabres feel it has to be done today if they don’t get the package they want.”

By the way, two teams is considered multiple.

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Feb 15, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) waits for a face-off ]during the third period against the New York Islanders at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Who is in on Eichel?

Several teams in on Eichel are the Golden Knights and the Rangers. Some still feel the Ducks are interested as well.

Oddly enough, both Vegas and New York seem to be already lining up on Plan B – Phillip Danault. Unconfirmed reports state the Golden Knights have already worked out a deal.

The Sabres continue to demand that Braden Schneider or Nils Lundkvist from the Rangers. I doubt GM Chris Drury will add either of them. If he does complete the deal it should very much be like the offer which was relayed to me by a team source back in March.

Vitali Kravtsov, Filip Chytil, Zac Jones, and a first round pick are pieces they’d be willing to move. Maybe with Keith Kinkaid in the fold and Sabres unsure they can sign Linus Ullmark the Blueshirts could include Alexandar Georgiev.

As for Vegas, THN’s Ryan Kennedy says he heard the Sabres ask from Vegas was Reilly Smith, Peyton Krebs, Nic Hague and a first-rounder.

Odds are the Sabres will take the best deal available today. If they choose to hold out any longer, some of those “multiple teams” may spend money elsewhere and thus drive down the return in the future. Let’s not forget, Eichel has a no-move clause that kicks in next summer.

Clock is ticking Buffalo.

NHL Free Agency: Rumored signings and predictions

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May 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) battle over the puck during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The news is coming out so fast and furious today that even Vin Diesel can’t handle it.

Here’s some of the rumored signings expected to take place as soon as the bell rings.

  • D Dougie Hamilton with Devils per multiple sources
  • F Zach Hyman with Oilers per multiple sources
  • F Phillip Danault with Golden Knights or Rangers per Friedman
  • G Jaroslav Halak with Canucks per LeBrun
  • G Jonathan Bernier with Devils per LeBrun
  • F Nick Foligno with Wild per Friedman
  • D Ryan Suter with the Stars per McKenzie
  • F Zach Parise with the Islanders per McKenzie
  • F Jaden Schwarts with Kraken per multiple sources
  • D David Savard with Canadiens per multiple sources
  • D Tony DeAngelo, 1 year $1M with Hurricanes per TSN