Could Jack Eichel be sending smoke signals to the Boston Bruins that he wants to be traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Black and Gold?
It certainly felt that way in an interview that Eichel did with Fox25 when the TV channel did their morning “Zip Trip” road show in Chelmsford and Sara Underwood chatted with the Buffalo Sabres star center. Eichel was asked if he dreamed about playing for the Bruins and he left no uncertainty that he’d like to someday suit up in the Black and Gold, and now it’s just a matter of when that could be a reality for the former BU star.
“Jack, come to Boston!” @sara_underwood interviewed NHL star Jack Eichel for the first Zip Trip of the summer. Did you know he’s from North Chelmsford?
— Boston 25 News (@boston25) July 9, 2021
“Every kid grows up dreaming of playing for their hometown team whether that’s now or later on in my career,” said Eichel.
It’s certainly notable when Eichel mentions “now” as a possibility with the B’s even though he’s technically under contract to the Sabres for the next five seasons at $10 million per year. It’s no secret that Eichel and the Sabres are not seeing eye-to-eye on anything at this point, and it feels like he’s going to be dealt somewhere this summer with the rumors fully ramped up about the former Boston University star.
As we’ve stated here several times, the Bruins aren’t really in a great position to be a high trade bidder with the Sabres for Eichel based on their prospects and draft position. It’s much more likely that the Boston Bruins re-sign David Krejci as their second line center for at least one more season and try for one last Stanley Cup run with the current core group of players.
But there will eventually be fire to these rumors if Eichel and the B’s keep feeding the smoldering embers. And it sure is fun for Bruins fans to fantasize about Eichel suiting up for the Boston Bruins sooner rather than later based on his comments in a Zip Trip interview heading into the weekend.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Interesting stuff as the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft and that could open up some trade possibilities for them. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*It sounds like some of the circumstances surrounding Seth Jones are going to make it unlikely that the Philadelphia Flyers go “all in” on a trade for the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise defenseman. (Philly Hockey Now)
*We may have a bit of an explanation for Charlie Coyle’s rough season as he’s undergone knee surgery since the end of the season. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Christian Arnold takes a look at what the Islanders may offer RFA Anthony Beauvillier in a contract this offseason. (NYI Hockey Now)
*A fond farewell to Bryan “Bugsy” Watson at his passing this week at 78 years old. Watson was considered a “super pest” defenseman during his era in the 1960’s and 1970’s playing for the Washington Capitals among other teams. (Washington Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman takes a look at where Olympic participation stands as we get ready for the offseason. (Sportsnet)
*In another example of hockey boasting the best athletes, TJ Oshie outdrove Steph Curry on the golf links this week. (NBC Sports Washington)
*For something completely different: interesting piece on the evolution of the Black Widow character as she gets her movie goodbye this weekend from the MCU. (Elle)