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Is Eichel’s Agent Switch Good Or Bad For Bruins On NHL Trade Market?

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What does Jack Eichel’s agent switch mean for the Boston Bruins if they still want to acquire him off the NHL trade market?

As reported here on Thursday night, the NHL trade talks for Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel were expected to intensify and the Boston Bruins were one of a plethora of teams still keeping tabs on what the Sabres might do with Eichel and when. 

“They are all so done with this sh*t, trust me,” a source exclaimed to Boston Hockey Now on Thursday. “I’m not saying it happens but I know everyone is hoping something goes down in the next two weeks.”

Maybe not so surprisingly, just before noon on Friday, Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman tweeted that Eichel had decided to switch agents and will no longer be represented by the Global Hockey tandem of Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli. Eichel has now entrusted NHL agent mogul Pat Brisson to find his way out of the hell in Buffalo.

 

 

While Eichel’s impending neck surgery and how it’s done has been a gigantic contention between him and the Sabres, as reported here Thursday, it hasn’t necessarily been a sticking point on the NHL Trade market. Eichel most likely is now hoping Brisson can work the magic that keeps such clients like Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, and Patrick Kane happy. Brisson’s annual value of contracts he’s facilitated is over $20 million but Eichel isn’t worried about that because he is locked in at $10 million per for the next five seasons. Instead, Eichel is banking on Brisson’s reputation and cozy relationships with a large group of NHL GMs to free him up on the NHL trade market.

So where does that leave the Boston Bruins in all this and can they benefit from Brisson taking over and snag Eichel off the NHL trade market?

Well, as reported first in our weekly ‘Off The Record’ Column, Sabres GM Kevyn Adams was, and apparently still is, looking for at least four components for Eichel on the NHL trade market. At one time, it was even six:

“They want six components for Eichel. …six!” an NHL executive told BHN back in June. “I get that Kevyn is in a really tough spot and needs to make sure he can get as close to Jack’s worth as possible, but this is just crazy. We’re talking a top-six center 25 years or under, a top 4 defenseman 25 or under, a first-round pick, and an assortment of three prospects. In this market and with so many teams trying to build from within because of the cap, how is he going to get that? Then, you don’t even know how Jack’s back will hold up.”

While Brisson may be able to help an interested team on the NHL trade market negotiate that down, Eichel leaving Global Hockey doesn’t help much because Fish and Donatelli had a very good rapport with Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. Not to make it worse for Bruins fans, but Brisson has a close relationship with Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. Eichel has already been tied to the Habs before. Could the Bruins’ arch-rival land the North Chelmsford, MA native on the NHL trade market?

Oh, the horror!

 

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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Rick W Murray

It’s hard to say right now regardless of what happens Eichel will be a bruin

DJ Wright

Maybe when Jack is 35 years old…but not resulting from a trade from Buffalo. No way. Zero chance. Sabres fans would go ballistic. Jack is headed West, young man.

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William Mahoney

Eichel going to Montreal – Bruin nightmare but better than NY. Appears Sweeney has failed as this player wanted to be a Bruin!

wickedasitseems

Failed? The guy needs neck surgery and makes $10MIL per.

Fred

The Bruins are not going to acquire Eichel. He’s making $10 million per season for the next 5 years, needs neck surgery and has been a whiner and complainer his entire career. There are better options for less money.

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Rick W Murray

The bruins don’t really have much a choice in the matter on Eichel, if you’re going to rely on Coyle Foligno or Studnicka you’re done before you even get out of get out of the gate. Poor drafting an incredibly diluted farm system terrible free agent signings too much money for free agents the bruins are toast.

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Thomas

Coyle and Debrusk would both be top 6 on the Sabres. Both 20 goal scorers and their salaries off set eichel. Throw in studnicka, a first round pick and vaakanainen. High price to pay but then you have your next franchise center to build around

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