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As expected, North Chelmsford, MA native and former Boston University star center Jack Eichel will not be joining the Boston Bruins. He will however finally get his controversial neck surgery and if all goes well, hopefully, suit up for the Vegas Golden Knights by late February/early March.

The Jack Eichel saga with the Buffalo Sabres finally ended Friday morning when the Sabres traded Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick to the Golden Knights in exchange for forwards Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick. 

Per Darren Dreger of TSN:

“The first-round pick heading to Buffalo is top-10 protected for next year’s draft, while the Sabres retained no salary on Eichel’s $10 million cap hit. If Vegas’ first-round draft pick in the 2022 NHL Draft is a top-10 pick (following the Draft Lottery results) then, Vegas will transfer its own first-round pick (unprotected) in the 2023 NHL Draft and its own second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft to Buffalo, while the Sabres will transfer their own third-round pick in 2024 to Vegas.

As reported across the National Hockey Now network early Wednesday evening, the Calgary Flames made a late push for Eichel before Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams finally got Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon to finally include Krebs in the trade return from the Knights. Adams was also able to complete the trade without retaining any of the remaining $10 million salary-cap hit owed to Eichel for this and each of the next four seasons. The Knights are now $9.6 million over the $81.5 million salary cap and will need to move a notable player or players if and when Eichel returns later this season. 

While Eichel coming home to play for the Boston Bruins would’ve been a great story and solved their center depth issues they will face in the near future, they too likely would’ve faced some tricky cap issues like the Knights are facing now. That’s likely a major reason why, as reported here, they weren’t a finalist in the Eichel trade sweepstakes and haven’t been pursuing him since the NHL Entry Draft back in July. 

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The player Eichel would’ve eventually replaced as the No. 1 center for the Boston Bruins, captain Patrice Bergeron, and his linemates, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are off to their worst start since they first formed ‘The Perfection Line’ (BHN)

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William Mahoney

What a loss for the Bruins – Jack Eichel to Las Vegas that hot bed of ice Hockey. The season is over as the B’s play with a team of AHL no talent.

Comrie

Vegas will be lucky to see him for the playoffs after neck surgery and rehab. Feb or March return. What a joke.Comrie

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