Top NHL insider speculates Jack Eichel will be traded this summer

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Feb 13, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

One of the game’s top NHL Insiders Darren Dreger was on WGR550 in Buffalo and speculated that Jack Eichel won’t be playing in Buffalo next season. This isn’t new to anyone who has been following the rumors surrounding Eichel since the start of last season.

Jack Eichel trade rumors rage on

Jack Eichel being traded is not news. This started before Return to Play last season where he went on record to voice his frustration.

“Listen, I’m fed up with the losing and I’m fed up and I’m frustrated.” Those were the words of Buffalo Sabres superstar, Jack Eichel per ESPN in May of 2020. “You know, it’s definitely not an easy pill to swallow right now,” he explained after realizing his Sabres would miss the playoffs again. “It’s been a tough five years with where things have gone.”

Well the playoff drought is now at six and it seems a parting of ways is inevitable. As to where he will land it remains to be seen, but Darren Dreger seems to think the L.A. Kings are a player to get him. Of course, that price is going to be steep as one report had the Sabres looking for in essence four first rounders in the form of players, prospects, or picks.

The New York Rangers already made an offer

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Mar 2, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) stretches in warm-ups prior to a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett-POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers and Jack Eichel have been linked in the NHL Rumor Mill for quite awhile. That was only reinforced when one of hockey’s top insiders, Bob McKenzie confirmed they called about him this past offseason.

Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic noted in a January mailbag article that, “the Rangers made a hard push on Jack Eichel last summer, but ultimately, couldn’t get anything done.”

This isn’t surprising since it’s no secret that the Rangers want to add another star center to the roster. They have Mika Zibanejad but would love an upgrade over Ryan Strome. This prompted me to write about the possibility of a Jack Eichel trade to the Rangers all the way back in April of 2020.

In an episode of the Lead Off, Elliotte Friedman stated that the New York Rangers actually had an offer on the table. “The team with the best combination of the want and ability to do it is the Rangers, but is Buffalo going to be comfortable sending him there,” Friedman explained. “Last year they talked – there was an offer on the table I don’t think it included the #1 pick and I’m sure Buffalo asked. There was an offer on the table I understand was pretty reasonable.”

So there it is, Eichel has been rumored now for awhile and the Rangers continue to be the most interested and strongly connected team to land him. The L.A. Kings have also been tied to being in on the Sabres 24 year-old captain. One caveat I’d like to add is that a source within the league told me that the Kings may not want to add another $10 million dollar player and certainly don’t want to part with Quinton Byfield.