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This morning, it was announced by the Buffalo Sabres that Jack Eichel will not be available due to an upper-body injury. With this injury possibly being longer than originally expected, the media is now all over the possibility of Eichel being traded. There is no clarification at this time whether or not Eichel might've played his last game in a Sabres jersey, although I highly doubt the Sabres are shopping him currently.

Eichel may have caught a severe case of get-me-out-of-Buffalo-itis, maybe the same kind that Ryan O'Reilly caught in 2018. It will be extremely difficult for the Sabres to move Eichel mid-season without getting a truckload back. There are four teams so far that are listed as the potential trade destinations for Eichel; Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, and the New York Rangers. This seriously makes you wonder what a team needs to give up, here I list five potential trades for Eichel.

Trade 1: Calgary
Calgary receive: (F) Jack Eichel
Buffalo receives: (F) Matthew Tkachuk, (F) Sam Bennet, (D) Connor Mackey, and 2021 1st Round Pick

The Calgary trade makes little sense in my mind, Calgary is in the middle of yet another disappointing run in their season. They're currently the second team this year to make a coaching change, I don't think the Flames are in the market to shake up their current roster. If the trade deadline rolls around and they're still in the current slump, they could make the run for a player like Eichel, if he's available.

Trade 2: Edmonton
Edmonton receive: (F) Jack Eichel
Buffalo receives: (F) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins [50% retained,] (F) James Neal, (D) Caleb Jones, 2021 1st Round Pick, 2022 2nd Round Pick, 2023 Conditional 3rd Round Pick

The Edmonton Oilers are a funny team this year, on paper they should be so much better than they are. The team's center core should be McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nuge, but they're trying to load up their top-6. For Buffalo to receive Nuge without him guaranteed to be resigning, it would make the trade all the riskier. Unlike the Calgary trade, Edmonton giving up what is listed would bring a guaranteed powerhouse down the middle. This would allow the Oilers to play Draisaitl/McDavid together and put Eichel with a guy like Yamamoto and Puljujarvi. A conditional pick would be dependant on where the Oilers end up in the playoffs, transferring a 2023 3rd if they miss playoffs, a 2023 2nd if they make playoffs, or a 2023 1st if they win the Stanley Cup during the acquisition year of Eichel. Trading Neal would be a cap balancer, which could also work out for Buffalo as it gives them a veteran player to work with. Edmonton's depth is still extremely suspect but this could bring the opportunity for the team to roll out a 3-line system as 3 first-lines. Just imagine that a 3-line system in Edmonton could make Edmonton's gameday lineup look like this;

Draisaitl - McDavid - Kassian
Yamamoto - Eichel - Puljujarvi
Khaira - Ennis - Chiasson
Kahun - Haas - Turris
Puljujarvi - McDavid - Kassian
Chiasson - Draisaitl - Yamamoto
Khaira - Eichel - Ennis
Kahun - Haas - Archibald

McDavid, Draisaitl, and Eichel have made guys who play depth roles play top-6 roles. If Edmonton were to acquire Eichel, they would have to play their cards right, the McDavid/Draisaitl/Eichel tandem in Edmonton would last the better part of 5-years, and we can only imagine that.

Trade 3: Los Angeles
LA receive: (F) Jack Eichel
Buffalo receives: (F) Quinton Byfield, (F) Jeff Carter, 2021 1st Round Pick [LA,] and 2021 2nd Round Pick [STL]

This is a trade that makes me kind of laugh, I've seen so many people overvalue Byfield and undervalue Eichel. Both are star talent, except one is established and stuck in Buffalo. You could also add the signing rights to Andreas Athanasiou, but he's very patchy. Jeff Carter is a veteran in the league on the second last year of his current deal. Carter doesn't have a modified NTC or a full NMC. I still feel like this trade is not enough for Buffalo to take even with Byfield in the deal. A trade with Eichel going to LA just doesn't make sense.

Trade 4: New York Rangers
Rangers receive: (F) Jack Eichel
Buffalo receives: (F) Kaapo Kakko, (F) Pavel Buchnevich [signing rights,] (D) Anthony DeAngelo, (G) Keith Kinkaid, 2021 1st Round Pick, 2021 3rd Round Pick, and 2022 conditional 2nd Round pick.

The Rangers are the second team on this list that makes sense for Eichel to end up, the Rangers have a great number of assets to outbid any and every team on the hunt for Eichel. They could use one of their own lottery drafted players like Lafreniere or Kakko in the deal. Cap space is not a problem for the Rangers, they currently have $1.3 million in a bonus cushion penalty and nearly $9 million in buyouts coming off the books next year. Panarin's absence may push the Rangers to grab a solidified young centerman in Jack Eichel, who has 6-years left on his current deal.
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March 10, 2021 11:41 AM ET | Delete
As long as you have Skinner and Okposo eating 15M AAV, it's going to be tough. I wouldn't be surprised if Okposo ended up with a suspicious LTIR retirment, as many of the teams cap anchors in this league have taken that route to save face. If you give up Eichel, you'd better be getting an A prospect (Laf) coming back your way in that package. If you get a handful of depth players, expect the trade to look Thorton-esque
March 10, 2021 5:53 PM ET | Delete
None of these main pieces are enough. Rangers have to start with LaFreniere, and Oilers start with Draisaitl.
March 11, 2021 12:53 AM ET | Delete
in what world is Eichel worth more than Draisaitl, Cnalderson ?I'm no Oiler fan, but damn!!, that's just stupid.
March 11, 2021 9:31 AM ET | Delete
Trading Eichel doesn't change the culture in Buffalo. Cleaning the organization from top to bottom, especially on the non-hockey side, is the only way to cleanse the culture.
March 11, 2021 11:17 AM ET | Delete
I agree with jam10sugar, the organization i think has a lot of "non-hockey" people in there. They need to bring in some sage voices.
March 13, 2021 7:01 PM ET | Delete
If Drai is going to Buffalo, we'd be asking for Eichel and Dahlin, don't kid yourself
March 14, 2021 9:07 AM ET | Delete
If we find out Toews in Chicago has to retire then Eichel would be a fit. Dach and Eichel might be solid up the middle. Not sure what Chicago would have to give up right now. Eichel needs to go somewhere and play not wear the ā€œCā€.
March 15, 2021 8:49 AM ET | Delete
@ChonDerry put your big boy reading glasses on and you'll see I didn't include Draisaitl in the trade proposal. Don't get too ahead of yourself
March 15, 2021 4:09 PM ET | Delete
I wouldn't trade Tkachuk straight up for Eichel, let alone throw in other pieces.
March 15, 2021 11:21 PM ET | Delete
Carter will not be traded, he has stated that "if traded I will retire" So LA is the Eichel destination if they give up Turcotte, Kempe, Anderson-Dolan and a 1st (protected) and a 4th (Calgary)
March 17, 2021 11:53 AM ET | Delete
None of these trades are good for Buffalo haha.
March 22, 2021 1:16 AM ET | Delete
When the owner sells the team, wins will come.
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