Jack Eichel: 'It would be pretty cool' to play for Bruins at some point

Eichel recently made those comments in an interview with Boston 25 News
75756A5E-120A-4932-810C-2FD980DB785E

The Jack Eichel trade talk and rumors continue, although there haven't been many reports linking him to the Boston Bruins recently.

That won't stop speculation about a possible Eichel homecoming, and neither will comments Eichel himself made in a recent interview with Sara Underwood of Boston 25 News.

During an appearance that mostly focused on his hometown of Chelmsford, Eichel was asked if he could "ever see himself in Boston."

"Yeah, I mean, I think every kid grows up dreaming of playing for their hometown teams," Eichel said. "Whether that happens now, later in my career … whenever, who knows, if it ever happens. It would be pretty cool, but who knows what’s gonna happen here in the next little bit."

It's not a surprising answer by any means, but it's still noteworthy to hear him express at least some desire to someday play for the Bruins.

Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres have been at odds over treatment for a herniated disk in his neck, although Eichel's agent recently said the two sides "are heading towards a resolution."

Eichel, 24, has spent six years with the Sabres and has yet to make a single playoff appearance. He has repeatedly expressed frustration over the team's lack of success, with a trade becoming increasingly likely and perhaps inevitable in the process.

Recent reports have indicated that the Sabres are seeking assets equivalent to four first round picks, but TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger said on WGR in Buffalo that they'll probably have to lower that price as it's unlikely any team would pay it.

Eichel has five years left on his contract with an annual cap hit of $10 million.