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Only way Rangers pull trigger on Jack Eichel trade talks

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Look, there’s more urgency in dealing with this Jack Eichel issue, and it’s good to see that the Slap Shots don’t miss a thing every summer break.

Also, where we are left, well-placed sources turn to Rangers, A) skeptical of the value of treatment for Eichel; and, B) in regular communication with Sabers on the matter.

Can both things be true at once? Maybe. Maybe.

But here’s the truth: if the Rangers become active players for Eichel, it’s not because they prefer the former Sabers captain to Mika Zibanejod, but because they know they can’t sign a No. 93 – extension of contract.

Keep in mind that if the Sabers don’t agree to eat 40 or 50 percent of Eichel’s $ 10 million annual salary, the math will ban Rangers from holding both Zibanejad this season because the club will be under a lot of pressure from next season.

Buffalo’s chances of owning Pegula are slim, as he would prefer to send Eichel away from Broadway and win such money in any case.

I don’t think there’s any question that Rangers and general manager Chris Dury would prefer to extend Zibanajad rather than trade for the Eagle. For an NHL player, the risk associated with the sale of an athlete undergoing an unprecedented disc replacement operation is just that. This is just the value of the package assets that will be returned to Buffalo. This is more due to the hierarchy’s belief that Zibanajad is a better player than Eichel at the current stage.

The news will be deleted in the negotiations for the deal, but I believe the “shirts” are trying to do something. However, if Zibanajod extends $ 9 million over seven or eight years, perhaps $ 10 million under a contract signed at the age of 29, I’m not sure the hierarchy is striving for that.

Rangers Jack Eichel will be the impetus for trade talks
Jack Ayxel

Now Zibanejod has the right to set it at market price. If he’s big in 2021-22, he could get it next summer. Alexander Barkov of Florida has just signed an eight-year, $ 80 million contract. But Barkov will be 27 when the extension starts next year. Eixel, who has five years left on his contract, will turn 25 in a few weeks.

Barkov was expected to meet Puddy Tats again in a few months. But the deal will deprive Rangers of adding a potential free agent to fill the gap in the middle if Zibanejod leaves. So Drury could face a chance to get out of the season without a “six” center, while Ryan Strom is also waiting for a free agent. This does not leave Matt Barzal behind when John Tavares leaves the island.

So it’s clear why Rangers are interested in Eichel, even if he’s agnostic on the issue. If a trade is built around, say, Zach Jones, Vitaly Kravtsov, probably Brennan Otman, and No. 1 (Alex Georgiev could have been searched, but could Rangers really go with Kate Kinkaid as a backup?), It’s like Dryuri. thought seriously.

Mika Zibanejad (center)
Mika Zibanejad (center)

And you have to think about it. The recovery period is said to be up to eight weeks. Even if Eichel couldn’t play until the end of the Olympic break on February 24, the Rangers could have played the real Zibanejad-Eichel-Strom trick in the middle for the last 31 games and reached the playoffs. you can go there.

However, if Rangers agree to extend Zibanejod’s contract or achieve the goal, Eichel will almost be out of the picture. If this is not the case, if the parties cannot agree and Zibanajod wants to flee, it will be a completely different matter.


So it looks like Alexander Ovechkin suffered an injury to his left leg while trying to hit Travis Konecny ​​from below in a show game on Friday, but I would like to know why the NHL refuses to hit from behind if he is not a player. glued to the wall?

Here is the rule: “43.1” Back check “is a check issued to a player who is unaware of an impending strike and therefore cannot defend himself or herself, who is in contact with the back of the body. no penalty will be counted if he tries to contact.

But wait, there’s more: “Rule 43.3. Any player who accuses, checks, or pushes a player who can’t or won’t defend themselves is subject to a hefty penalty. This penalty can be anywhere on the field of play. applied. “

To repeat: “This penalty applies anywhere on the playing field.”

Perhaps referees Kelly Sutherland and Kendrick Nicholson, who played Friday, should familiarize themselves with the rules.

Or the NHL should order its officials to follow a rule book. What do you say to that?


So wouldn’t the NHL be proud of that if the first 10-year-old notices a 2022-23 booking operation ad wearing a “real” uniform?

I wonder if the NHL would have adhered to vaccines like that if it weren’t a condition to participate in the Olympics?

Wait a second. While Norris winner Adam Fox, John Carlson, Charlie McAvoy and Jeff Petrie could play at four depths, Blackhawk right-back Seth Jones was recognized as one of the top three U.S. Olympians. blacks?

This guy is beautiful.

Finally, would Robin Lehner not have expressed his opinion without slandering Alain Vinho on social media with baseless accusations?

Or does it matter?

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