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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. 

 

 

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. 

Now onto the rest of your BHN Puck Links:

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New Pittsburgh Penguins forward Brock McGinn met the Pittsburgh media for the first time and let it be known that he believes he has more offense to give. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Sammi Silber believes Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson could have a much different impact next season. (Washington Hockey Now)

Per Sportsnet NHL Insider, the New YIslanders are believed to have a deal done with Casey Czikas, too. (NYI Hockey Now)

Former No. 2 overall pick Ryan Murray, who has long been a regular on the NHL trade rumor circuit, signed a bargain basement deal with the Colorado Avalanche. (Colorado Hockey Now

Are the Vancouver Canucks the deepest team up the middle in the Pacific Division? (Vancouver Hockey Now)

After Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall poached a few of the Philadelphia Flyers scouting and development staff, the Flyers have revamped their own staff. (Philadelphia Hockey Now

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Fred

The Bruins should not acquire Eichel. He’s been whining about being in Buffalo since the day he was drafted. He’s over paid and needs surgery. Buffalo is asking way too much for him. There are better options such as Christin Dvorak who would cost the Bruins much less in terms of a trade and salary.

Dvorak

Dvorak would be nice but we have sure poured a whole lot of money into our forward group without even addressing our biggest need this off-season. I’m not counting on a Bruins Dvorak trade for one second. Not with the defense basically being the same exact thing as last year once you really think about it

William Mahoney

I hope I am wrong but I can’t see a Beecher in place of a Jack Eichel?

Is he even getting traded lol

Yeah I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say they’re not going to get Jack Eichel with 1 million in cap Space and no good trade assets. Guys let’s be real here. Even if they were somehow able to package the impossible dream scenario of the Debrusk Studnicka Grzelyck 2 firsts….what have you. The team is worse after making that trade and they still probably wouldn’t have enough cap space to even take on his contract unless the Sabres were willing to eat like half of it. The floor is falling out with their leverage though so who… Read more »

timothy flanigan

next to the cap side of bringing eichel to the bruins. it would be absolutely crazy to move mcavoy or pastrnak. buffalo is looking for at least four pieces in return for eichel. which the bruins do not have to offer. maybe, we would be having this conversation if boy blunder sweeney knew how to draft. teams like anaheim and los angeles have very deep prospect pools. i think buffalo would be looking to move eichel to the other conference.

The more I think the dumber it seems

I just don’t see any scenario on this earth where the Bruins get Eichel without giving up AT LEAST…. and I mean AT BARE MINIMUM…Debrusk, Grzelyck, Studnicka, 1st. I don’t think that’s an unfair trade at all for a $10M crybaby who might be ruined forever after his surgery for all we know. But does anyone really think this Bruins team can lose one more “top 4” defenseman in the name of scoring points or whatever? That’s wild. This defense core is thin as can be. It’s not a bad defense core but just like last year and all the… Read more »

miket

Don’t tweet that laughable proposal, Jimmy. You’ll be ratio’d for sure.

JustJim

Chicago needs to clear the air, take the high road, and get this behind them before the season starts. Do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may.

Whatever

Lol BHN deletes my comments. All I said was that there is no way they are really in on Eichel. Super wack boys…you post the hot stuff then don’t allow opinions

Rick W Murray

Beecher couldn’t make my old high school club. Eichel would have to be in the bruins future with Krejci gone and Patrice a year older& none of the other clowns they picked up even remotely coming close.

Tazman22

Even if all the Bruins brass and all the fans wanted to trade for Eichel the ONLY WAY a trade could happen would be if the Bruins offered enough players, prospects and picks to gut their team for decades. The Sabres won’t make a trade to send their disgruntled captain to his home team, making him happy unless it absolutely destroys the Bruins for years and years to come. These articles are click bate that’s all. They are used to excite the Bruins fan base, giving them a pipe dream. I am sorry but Santa Claus isn’t leaving him in… Read more »

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