NHL Rumors: Sabres should release Jack Eichel’s medicals to make a trade; Sens and Brady Tkachuk “not far apart”

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Jan 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) is congratulated by teammates for scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

We can all agree that the soap opera that has become the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel would rival some of the great TV classics.

Slap an old soap title and it seems to fit. The Young and the Restless, or how about As the World Turns? Try on General Hospital for size, or One Life to Live. These titles seem to apply in one way or another.

Well this needs to come to an end because it’s an embarrassment to the NHL at this point. And the league needs to step in and not just side with each letter in the CBA on this one.

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NHL Rumors: Jack Eichel’s medicals

On the latest edition of the newly named 32 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman dropped his proposal to at least get the ball rolling on a trade.

“There are some teams that feel the same way Buffalo does about the surgery (getting a fusion),” Friedman said. “There are teams legitimately interested in trading for Eichel, who feel they don’t have all the information. How can you make the best possible offer for Jack Eichel without knowing exactly what all the doctors are saying? My goal to end the log jam is that teams can see his records.”

Of course, Eichel would need to grant that permission but Friedman sounded confident that it wouldn’t be an issue.

As far as if any team has seen those records, Friedman simply does not know. “I’ve checked and people have told me that other teams haven’t seen it. And people have told me they don’t know if other teams have seen it,” he noted.

If you recall, GM Kevyn Adams stipulated that he would only release the medicals if a team made a serious offer. As far as anyone knows, no team seems to have done that in Buffalo’s eyes.

The stalemate continues… As The World Turns.

Ottawa Senators and Brady Tkachuk “not far apart”

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Mar 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (7) flips a puck to a linesman during the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

So the Brady Tkachuk holdout continues in Ottawa, which has many wondering what is causing the delay.

Is it money? Term? Structure? Some hockey insiders think it has to do with structure, bonuses, and no-trade protection. Shouldn’t the Senators just concede to Tkachuk’s demands at this point? Apparently not, but the two sides are close according to Bruce Garrioch.

It’s believed the Senators have tabled an eight-year, $64-million deal to Tkachuk’s camp and remain focused on trying to get him signed to a long-term deal. That’s the same contract signed by Ottawa defenceman ThomasChabot that will pay him $8 million per season. The indications are the Senators and Tkachuk aren’t that far apart in terms of dollars.

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If it is indeed money, and they aren’t far apart it makes this hard to understand what’s taking so long. Tkachuk, 22, scored 36 points in 56 games for the Sens last season.