The drama between Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres continues to move on without a trade in sight, and one fanbase is growing weary of it.
"Blueshirts Breakaway," a New York Rangers-based podcast, is attempting to put pressure on the Sabres to trade the star 24-year-old (ideally to the Rangers) by purchasing a billboard on the I-190 near KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
The billboard, which features the Rangers’ colors, reads: “Aren’t trade requests a pain in the neck? #FreeJack”
The “pain in the neck” phrase is a reference to Eichel’s herniated disk in his neck, that he feels the Sabres have mishandled and was a primary factor in his "disconnect" with the team.
The Rangers have been among the teams linked to Eichel, although general manager Chris Drury has reportedly been telling agents that they have never been seriously interested in Eichel, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
Yet, the rumors between Eichel and the Rangers have continued, including a foreshadowing tweet from former Rangers goalie and MSG TV analyst Steve Valiquette that seemed to hint an Eichel trade was coming soon.
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That was 10 days ago, and nothing has happened since then.
Meanwhile, Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams has postured that the team does not feel pressured to deal Eichel, saying two weeks ago during a press conerence that they are in control of the process.
With training camp drawing closer, it will continue to be worth keeping a close eye on the Eichel situation.
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