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Feb 2, 2020
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There are a few problems with your theory
If the Rangers don’t include a top prospect, they can easily be outbid, and most assuredly will. Without a premium prospect, anyone can match or beat your offer. Seeing as how you’re in the same conference and, currently, the same division, you’ll need to outbid anyone out west.
If the package doesn’t include a top prospect, how does it make the Sabres better? I know you think they have to trade him, but you’re wrong. You don’t trade an elite center just because you think you have to. You still need value. In the end, even if only one team is bidding, if it doesn’t benefit BOTH teams, the trade won’t happen.
Finally, while I think the chances of Jack being traded are higher than ever, I most definitely do not think it’s inevitable. The Sabres know that as long as they have him and a developing Cozens right behind him, they have a chance at turning it around.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MTLaveragefan</b></div><div>MTL will keep it's asset and let them grow instead of getting one player at 10M whose combine points and impact on the game is and will be lower than the asset MTL is sending for around the same caphit.
I know Eichel is worth a lot, but no team will give that many assets for 1 player. Look at comparable of big trades with stars like Thornton, Kovalchuk, Séguin, Patrick Roy, Gretzky, Kessel, Pacioretty... none of them where sold for such a fortune.
BUF is also in a position where the player is unhappy and wants out. Nobody is going to offer the moon for him.</div></div>
I think he’ll go for more than you expect and less than Sabres fans expect. Make no mistake, it’ll be a lot. Also, those are trades of the past. This situation is unique. Especially considering that he’s a proven elite center, young, and under contract.