With chatter mounting about a possible grievance, it seems disgruntled Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel might finally get his wish.
It sounds like the Sabres have narrowed down trade talks to just one team and there could be a trade on the table.
NHL insider Frank Seravalli reports that the Sabres and Vegas Golden Knights have gotten serious about a possible trade.
The two bumps in the road right now are the Golden Knights figuring out what to do with injured forward Mark Stone and how long he needs to come back from injury.
The other bump is finding a third team to jump into the trade to help relieve some of the financial burden of Eiche's $10million cap hit.
"I think the big thing to focus on here, if you’re the Golden Knights and you’re trying to make this work, is what’s the status of Mark Stone. That’s the real important factor here, Stone carrying a $9.5 million cap hit. There are lots of question marks around his injury, you can tell by the way the Golden Knights announced it, somewhere between day-to-day and week-to-week, I’ve never heard that before.
In this case, it tells you they’re waiting for some clarity on their end. I’m told they don’t know exactly what’s going on with Stone or how long he’ll be out. I think there’s the potential with this back injury that he could be out long-term and perhaps maybe they’re holding their cards close to the vest here trying to make an Eichel transaction work.
I think there’s been some talk about a third-party broker that could potentially be involved to make this work from a financial standpoint. But I think the Golden Knights are a team to watch on the Jack Eichel front, and, as we get closer to some sort of potential resolution with the grievance, I know that these two sides, Eichel and the Sabres, would like to get a trade worked out before then.”