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New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres still far apart on deal for Jack Eichel Trade

Even though both the Sabres and Rangers have been active prior to free agency; neither team has been willing to budge on coming to a deal for Jack Eichel.

Reports are that the Rangers and Sabres are not even close on the package.

The Sabres want the likes of a Schneider or a Lundkvist included and the Rangers don’t want to do it.

Buffalo has wanted some of New York’s top young players and the Rangers are very hesitant on this and don’t want to go that route. Basically, thus far, the Rangers have never offered anything Buffalo has wanted for Eichel.

There’s still plenty of time for both sides to come to some kind of likable deal but it seems the asking price for Eichel hasn’t lowered whatsoever.

Chris Drury currently has $21.875 million in cap space to work with. He must sign RFA’s Igor Shesterkin, Libor Hajek, and Filip Chytil to new deals. Only Shesterkin has arbitration eligibility.

Using CapFriendly’s Armchair GM tool, the projected cap space which includes Morgan Barron and Nils Lundkvist comes in at $20,025,198 million. What should be noted is they have $9.25M in bonuses, and $3.1M of that will eat into that number.

At this time, the NYR appear to have just under $17 million in space with three RFA’s to sign.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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