Dreger: Eastern Conference 'mystery team' could acquire Jack Eichel

TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger says the potential move would surprise everybody around the league

The Buffalo Sabres have started wheeling and dealing, trading away defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers for the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, a second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hägg.

It was a great start for general manager Kevyn Adams, but now comes the big question: How about Jack Eichel?

TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger believes the Sabres will trade their disgruntled star within the next week, because they have little choice.

“I don’t think Buffalo needs the distraction of Jack Eichel coming back,” Dreger said with Andrew Peters, Craig Rivet and Martin Biron during "The Instigators" on Friday. “Unless the Sabres change their position, it’s not likely Jack Eichel is having the surgery he wants to have as member of the Buffalo Sabres. So is he going to be ready for training camp? If he’s not ready, he’s not ready.”

With that said, the Sabres’ high asking price for Eichel remains an obstacle. Earlier Friday, esteemed New York Rangers reporter Larry Brooks tweeted Buffalo’s demands remain “fantastical.”