Are the Boston Bruins out of the running in the Jack Eichel sweepstakes on the NHL trade market?
In his Yahoo column on Monday, Adam Gretz ranked the favorites to acquire Eichel on the NHL trade market and had the Bruins as a wild card at best.
“Eichel has already made it clear that he would like to someday play for his hometown team, and with David Krejci on his way back to the Czech Republic there is an obvious hole on their second line. Eichel would also eventually take the torch from Patrice Bergeron as the new No. 1 center in the future. From a hockey standpoint it makes total sense. The problem: The Bruins do not have a ton of salary cap flexibility and they are badly lacking in young assets that Buffalo would want. It also seems impossible to think that the Pegula’s would allow Eichel to end up in their same division.”
Gretz is absolutely correct that the Bruins lack the cap space to take on the $10 million cap hit Eichel carries for the next five seasons. Despite having $28.4 million in cap space before NHL free agency kicked off last Wednesday, the Bruins now suddenly find themselves cap-strapped again with just $1.6 million in cap space remaining.
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He’s also correct in stating that the Bruins just don’t have the young assets the Sabres are looking for on the NHL trade market. However, Eichel’s value on the NHL trade market likely took a dip this past weekend after Eichel’s agents called out Sabres GM Kevyn Adams for prolonging the inevitable Eichel trade. Remember, Eichel’s impending neck surgery and which one he has done is also a huge sticking point of contention that is diminishing his value on the NHL trade market.
What Gretz is incorrect on is that Adams won’t trade Eichel to an Atlantic Division team. While, Adams would love to send Eichel out west and only have the Sabres play him once or twice a season, that ship has sailed. Adams is in no position to be picky anymore needs to get the best possible return out there at this point. That return is not what it used to be either. So with that in mind:
If the Bruins were willing to part with young forward Zach Senyshyn, defenseman Jakub Zboril or fellow rearguard Urho Vaakanainen and a first round pick, would that pry Eichel away from the Sabres?
That may sound like a ton to the Bruins prospects junkies and at the same time not enough to the Sabres prospect gurus, but Eichel’s value on the NHL trade market is all over the place right now and the return will likely not be what one expected just a week ago.
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