Over the last couple of months, Buffalo Sabres and Massachusetts native Jack Eichel have seemed to be on a path of separation soon. One of the teams that have been linked to Eichel is the Boston Bruins.
While the thought of Eichel wearing the Spoked-B would be a good sight for B’s fans, it’s something that is not in reality.
Why is it not reality to picture Eichel skating 41 nights a year at the TD Garden for Boston? It’s simple actually.
The asking price for Eichel would be too high for the Bruins.
What would the Sabres want back in return for the former Boston University standout? A big haul for sure. Yes, the Bruins and Buffalo worked out a deal at the April trade deadline to send Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from Western New York to Boston for Anders Bjork and a Bruins draft pick.
What a deal that turned out to be for the Black and Gold. Hall’s arrival revived David Krejci on the second-line and gave the Bruins some secondary scoring that helped them survive the regular season playoff push and got them into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
A trade for Eichel would not be as easy to pull off for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. Buffalo most likely would be asking for David Pastrnak or Charlie McAvoy in return. Well, at least one anyway or both.
Both are future building blocks for Boston when the aging core of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Co. are gone. Heck, Krejci could be gone this offseason in free agency. Time will tell.
Yes, the Bruins could use Jack Eichel and his talent, especially if management wants to make another run with this core for a championship. However, risking the future with Pasta or McAvoy is not worth making the investment at this time.