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Sabres C Jack Eichel trade rumors involve two surprising suitors

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The Jack Eichel saga is far from over. The Buffalo Sabres and the center are not seeing eye to eye, mainly because of the different views of each side on how to handle Eichel’s neck injury. Eichel also wants out of Buffalo, but a trade is not going to be an easy one to concoct for a number of reasons, including the injury and the size of the star’s contract.

However, that doesn’t mean teams are not trying to sniff around. The temptation of adding a player like Eichel is always going to be there, and according to Sportsnet’s Mike Futa — during an appearance on Tim & Friends — at least two dark-horse teams could have a shot at landing the 24-year-old star.

I know Anaheim is very much involved in the hunt. It wouldn’t surprise me to see even a team like the Calgary Flames, looking at the situation like that, where they are still trying to change their chemistry, change their mix. Buffalo’s gonna have to make a decision here shortly.

Eichel’s current contract with the Sabres will not expire until the end of the 2025-26 season and it carries an AAV of $10 million. The Ducks and the Flames both don’t seem to have pressing needs at the center position, but any team should at least try to kick the tires on a possible shot at landing a player of Jack Eichel’s caliber.

So far in his NHL career, Eichel has 139 goals, 216 assists, and a 56.4 CF% for a Buffalo team that hasn’t been good for a long time.