The Minnesota Wild aren’t in an ideal position to acquire Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying.
The Sabres and Wild are still discussing an Eichel trade, according to Michael Russo of The Athletic.
The logistics would be difficult to hammer out: Though buying out Zach Parise and Ryan Suter helped the Wild create $10.3 million in cap space this year, there are severe implications for future years, as Minnesota will begin carrying dead cap charges in the 2025-26 season.
Since Eichel has five years left on his contract with a $10 million cap hit, the Sabres would probably have to take some money back, or find a third team to include in a trade.
There’s also the issue of asking price. While Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Sabres have dropped their demands, Kevyn Adams’ initial ask was believed to include top prospects Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy and multiple first round picks, Russo writes.
Last week, TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger reported the Wild are expected to make an offer for Eichel.
But making an offer and coming to an agreement are two different things. One thing is for certain: Eichel trade talk is destined to pick up again over the next two days. With the Seattle Expansion Draft behind us, the NHL’s transaction freeze will lift on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.
Round 1 of the 2021 NHL Draft begins Friday night at 8 p.m. ET. The Sabres hold the No. 1 overall pick.