Rangers looking into Jack Eichel's medical condition in potential pursuit of Sabres star

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It appears as if the New York Rangers are, at the very least, doing their due diligence on Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers have displayed “increased interest” in the 24-year-old forward, scoping out Eichel’s medical condition as well as engaging in preliminary talks with the Sabres.

It is unclear, however, if this interest is serious or just due diligence, Brooks noted.

Eichel is coming off 12 weeks of rest and rehab following a herniated disk in his neck, which could require surgery. It is still uncertain if surgery is necessary, but if it is indeed the next step for Eichel it would likely mean a recovery period up to three months.

The Sabres have yet to grant permission of Eichel’s medical records to inquiring clubs, which would likely not come until the latter-stages of trade discussions, but it will certainly be a key aspect in any deal for the former No. 2 overall pick.

Eichel has five years remaining on his contract with an annual $10 million cap charge and the Sabres are believed to be seeking at least four pieces equivalent of first-rounders in any sort of deal for Eichel, according to Brooks.

Yet, the Sabres would likely have to take on a good chunk of the remaining money if they wish to acquire that sort of haul, Brooks noted.

In addition to the Rangers, the Wild, Ducks, Kings and Blue Jackets have all reportedly indicated interest in Eichel.

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