The Flyers Can Swing a Trade For Jack Eichel, but Would They Pull the Trigger?

Jack Eichel has made it clear that he does not want to play another game for the Buffalo Sabres. The 24-year-old only played in 21 games this season as he dealt with a serious neck injury. NHL Network insider Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Eichel has been exploring the possibility of getting an artificial disc replacement in his neck, which the Sabres are sternly opposing due to the lack of evidence of full recoveries for elite athletes. With both sides seemingly coming to a divorce, that means Eichel and his 5-year contract will be actively shopped this offseason. Friedman is also reporting that the Flyers are one of just six teams (Rangers, Ducks, Kings, Senators, Canadiens) that have enough pieces to facilitate a trade to acquire the young Sabres captain. But who would the Flyers need to give up to be in the running for Eichel?

In addition to high/multiple draft picks, the Sabres will also want young NHL players that have proven they can be successful in the league. The asking price likely starts at players like Carter Hart/Ivan Provorov/Joel Farabee, but obviously the Flyers would want to keep as much of that young core as possible. They could also ask for a player like Sean Couturier, who at 28-years-old still has many years of elite hockey in front of him. Philadelphia would likely prefer to include other young players like Travis Konecny/Travis Sanheim or prospects like Morgan Frost/Wade Allison/Tyson Foerster.

The Flyers need to make upgrades this offseason if they want to make the postseason in 2021-22, and a healthy Eichel would certainly help cement that playoff status. However, the front office will need to evaluate the young talent on the team and figure out which players the team will be fine moving away from. It should be an interesting summer in Philly...


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