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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.

“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)

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Rick W Murray

Yes to Eichel this guy could turn out to be one of the best bruins of all time injury or not Sweeney’s got to grab him. Their centres are aging! what pick up he would be.

PaddyL

@Joe Haggerty Your pal Jimmy Murphy wrote the other day about Brandon Carlo’s 4 concussions. Love the kid and hope he plays another 15 seasons for the Bs. But given that the next dirty or high hit might end his career, it makes me think Sweeney is derelict if he does not protect Jeremy Lauzon from the Kraken. Defensively sound, good size, cap friendly money, can play LD or RD, who looks like he has a floor of Adam McQuaid and a ceiling of Johnny Boychuk. Why is it assumed that the team must protect Grzelcyk with his slight offensive… Read more »

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William Mahoney

Eichel the next Phil Esposito -yes, spend the money he will more than return the investment! William Mahoney Southwest Harbor, Maine

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