It feels like things are heating up with the Jack Eichel sweepstakes across the NHL, and the Calgary Flames are making the most noise that they’re ready to make a major move with the Buffalo Sabres. The deal centered around Matthew Tkachuk that’s been reported by ESPN’s Kevin Weekes is a blockbuster to be sure, and it’s felt like it was going to be a massive price tag in order to unearth the disgruntled franchise center. If I’m the Sabres, I do that deal in a heartbeat.
For all asking, my understanding is the @NHLFlames have Tkachuk ( who is a future potential captain) an upcoming 1 Rd pick, a former 1st Rd pick, and 2 prospects in the Eichel sweepstakes with the @BuffaloSabres . @espn @NHLNetwork #HockeyTwitter .
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) November 3, 2021
Many are pointing to the Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights as the two teams still slugging it out with a chance to get Eichel, so let’s see if we can have some true midseason trade excitement in the next few hours as things keep heating up.
Stay tuned to our guys tapped into the trade talks as things get hot and heavy.
#Flames Twitter … I’ve got some more Eichel news being confirmed by NHN colleague @MurphysLaw74 right now. Stay tuned. He’s been tapped in for months in Eichel’s beloved Boston. Story to come on @CgyHockeyNow
— Steve Macfarlane (@MacfarlaneHKY) November 3, 2021
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Brandon Carlo and the rest of the Boston Bruins watched the Kyle Beach/TSN interview together last week and it left a major impression on everybody in the room. Kudos to the B’s leadership group for making that happen and making certain their players won’t repeat the horrendous mistakes of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Boston Hockey Now)
*After coming back from his rebab, Sidney Crosby is out due to COVID as the Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t catching many breaks early in the season. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Five takeaways from Vancouver’s remarkable comeback victory over the New York Rangers, courtesy of FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Simpson. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
*Interesting piece with Scott Cullen wondering if the big Morgan Rielly contract gets the clock ticking on how long the Maple Leafs will be able to keep their forwards together. (Toronto Hockey Now)
*It sounds like the Buffalo Sabres are moving closer to dealing Jack Eichel, and the Calgary Flames are one of the teams in there at the end close to pulling the trigger. (Calgary Hockey Now)
*This is truly stomach-turning. This school doesn’t even deserve a hockey team.
The fact that nobody stopped the game, cleared the kids out of the arena or even tried to stop the students doing it is shameful. Those parents should be embarrassed. The Armstrong team shouldn’t be allowed to have fans at their games for the rest of the season, at the very least https://t.co/5DMvDvDc8I
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 3, 2021
*For something completely different: Gal Gadot feels like a great choice to play the evil queen in a live action version of “Snow White.” (Deadline)