Report: Wild expected to bid for Jack Eichel
When the Wild bought back the remaining four years of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise’s contracts this week, they freed up roughly $ 10 million in cap space for the coming season.
Ironically, Jack Eichel – the 24-year-old former No. 2 draft pick who wants a Buffalo trade – is capped at $ 10 million next season. In addition, Darren Dreger, during TSN’s “Insider Trading” this week, said the Wild should make a trade offer to the Sabers for Eichel.
“The Minnesota Wild would like to add a top center,” said Dreger. “Now they are linked with interest to Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabers. I believe the Wild are going to make an offer, a trade offer, on Jack Eichel, but they’re not going to blow their cap either, and they’re not going to overpay with trading assets. So, it’s going to be interesting to see what Guerin does in the center of the rink to move forward.
Athletic’s Michael Russo pointed out in May that taking over Eichel’s average annual salary of $ 10 million would require general manager Bill Guerin to trade “lucrative salaries in other movements or for Buffalo to acquire some. big players from Minnesota in a successful package “.
The Wild created this space, at least immediately, by parting ways with Parise and Suter. But balancing the cap beyond the 2021-22 season will be trickier as the Wild will face dead caps, ranging from $ 3.3 million to $ 7.3 million, in 2022-22 and through. 2026-2027.
Eichel has five years and $ 50 million left on his contract, but given he has a full no-move clause in his deal from July 2022, the pressure is on Buffalo to move him sooner rather than later in order that Eichel does not control his own market.
Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun wrote in May: “I think the Wild makes a lot of sense and they have the parts to do it.” The Wild have two first-round picks in the 2021 NHL Draft – theirs and Jason Zucker’s Pittsburgh pick – in addition to center prospects Marco Rossi (2020 first-round pick) and Marat Khusnutdinov (second-round pick in 2020). 2020).
Former Wild winger Mark Parrish, on NHL Network, said Eichel made sense for Minnesota as he could cross the front row and potentially create the league’s next “big combo” with the league rookie. year 2020-21 Kirill Kaprizov.
The NHL Draft is only eight days away, so if there’s been a moment for the rumor mill to heat up, it’s probably this one.