Sabres might “punt” Eichel to another team – trade discount incoming?


Yesterday, Elliotte Friedman famous that the Sabres are in a tricky spot with Jack Eichel. On condition that they’ve the #1 general decide, Friedman mentioned he “wouldn’t be shocked” if the Sabres “punt” the Eichel harm state of affairs to a different workforce. Does that imply the Rangers can get Eichel at a commerce low cost?

Friedman doesn’t particularly name out the harm, however that’s what he’s speaking about. It’s very clear the Eichel harm clouds all the things. So let’s get into what this harm really is.

Disclaimer: I’m not a health care provider, neither are you. I’m going based mostly off what’s been reported and Googling what I can discover off respected backbone well being sources.

Damage Analysis

The prognosis for Eichel is a herniated disc in his neck. Based on Backbone-Well, the ache will be an electric-like ache that goes down the neck/arm (or each) and severely restricts neck motion. That’s troublesome sufficient for regular individuals, not to mention hockey gamers. The problem with Eichel is that this seems to be a extreme herniated disc, and {that a} cervical nerve root could also be pinched.

That is fairly treatable with out surgical procedure. The reason for that is the trauma from a success on March 7 that knocked him from the sport. That is *not* a degenerative disc, that we all know of. The disconnect, per The Athletic, is that Eichel needs surgical procedure, and the workforce needs him to rehab the harm. Whereas most herniated discs don’t require surgical procedure, the truth that he’s a hockey participant complicates issues.

Rehab vs. Surgical Therapies

The problem in Buffalo is the remedy disconnect. Per Backbone-Well being, rehab is a really viable choice for treating this harm. The aim of rehab could be to strengthen the neck muscular tissues, bettering posture and bettering power and adaptability over time. It’s a long term method to the harm. This isn’t what Eichel needs. Eichel needs the surgical procedure

Once more per Backbone-Well being, the commonest surgical procedure, and the one Buffalo needs Eichel to get, is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Backbone Fusion (ACDF) surgical procedure. Principally, the herniated disc is eliminated and the opposite vertebrae fuse collectively naturally. Typically a plate will be added for stability. It’s a a lot faster course of and has a greater probability for Eichel to return to the ice ache free.

It’s value noting that the ACDF surgical procedure has not been carried out on an NHL participant. That’s Buffalo’s concern. Or so they are saying.

Disconnect and Punting

From what’s being reported by individuals exterior the workforce, Buffalo doesn’t need to pay for the surgical procedure. It’s robust to fault Eichel for wanting the surgical procedure, because it has had good success in different sufferers. Buffalo doesn’t actually have a medical leg to face on, as NFL gamers have returned to play following the identical surgical procedure. What the surgical procedure doesn’t cowl is that if this can be a degenerative subject. Since I’m working off Google, I’m not going to take a position on something concerning degenerative disc points. I’m focusing solely on the herniated disc remedy solely.

Buffalo now needs to punt the harm to a different workforce, at the least per Friedman. If that occurs, it means the buying workforce would want to pay for the surgical procedure. That doubtless means an Eichel commerce would come at a reduction. What sort of low cost stays to be seen, however that is corresponding to buying and selling a participant earlier than a giant bonus cost. Actual {dollars} matter, particularly in a submit COVID world.

Impacting Commerce Value

How a lot does this impression an Eichel commerce? That’s nearly not possible to find out. We do know two details with these sorts of trades:

  1. It by no means prices as a lot as we expect, particularly with harm considerations like this
  2. The workforce buying and selling the most effective participant by no means will get correct worth

It appears the Sabres are bottoming out once more and rebuilding with the primary general decide. It’s protected to imagine any commerce for Eichel will embody Ryan Strome (wage functions) and the #15 general decide. From there, it’s troublesome to foretell what Buffalo needs. They’ve holes all over the place of their prospect system, with the one notables being Rasmus Dahlin and Dylan Cozens. They might go for greatest obtainable prospects versus focusing on a particular place.

What it means for the Rangers

Retaining all this in thoughts, we are able to most likely eradicate any commerce state of affairs that entails gutting the Rangers system or younger NHL expertise. It will also be inferred that since Buffalo doesn’t need to pay for the surgical procedure, Buffalo doesn’t need to retain any wage in a commerce both. That lowers the price extra. Fortunately for the Rangers, they’ve cap house to spare.

That is the place it will get fascinating. Given the wage query and the harm query, Kaapo Kakko is off the desk, not like final offseason. It’s most likely protected to imagine that Nils Lundkvist and Braden Schneider aren’t going to be dangled on this commerce, once more due to the cap and harm issues. Does that imply Matthew Robertson or Zac Jones are the highest protection prospects obtainable? It may.

The Rangers do want to offer one thing, and I discover it troublesome to imagine the Rangers do that with out together with Morgan Barron. A sweetener might be wanted too.

If a commerce low cost for Eichel, given the cap and harm considerations, will get to the purpose the place the Rangers aren’t giving up any ‘A’ prospects or participant, it’s a must to make the commerce. All of it comes all the way down to value. And whether or not LA presents up one in every of their high middle prospects.


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