Vegas Golden Knights should look to rescue Eichel from Buffalo hell

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Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up prior to action against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up prior to action against the Toronto Maple Leafs.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Just imagine Jack Eichel in a Vegas Golden Knights jersey…

It is a tantalizing thought isn’t it, and one that could well become reality one day if the Vegas Golden Knights wanted to add another big star to the equation.

Now, I hear some of you say that Jack Eichel is a franchise player for the Buffalo Sabres, even the face of the franchise for that organization.

That could change, and soon, however.

In the wake of the NHL revealing their Return To Play Plan, the Sabres were one of seven teams to have 2019-20 season officially brought to a close.

As a result, the misery continues for the Buffalo Sabres who finished the year with a 30-31-8 record and have now gone nine straight seasons without making the postseason.

And Eichel is sick of it.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call on Thursday in what was effectively a locker-room clean-out interview, Eichel let rip with his frustrations:

“I’m fed up with the losing and I’m fed up and I’m frustrated. I’m a competitor, I want to win every time I go out onto the ice, I want to win the Stanley Cup every time I start a season.”

He also went on to admit that he is “getting frustrated with the way things are going” in Buffalo, and that is the money quote.

While a stunning parting of the ways may not be on the cards yet, it could be if the Sabres don’t right the ship and soon.

Head Coach Ralph Krueger is said to have a pristine relationship with his players, but that won’t count for much if the Sabres don’t start winning and don’t start becoming relevant again.

And, if the losing doesn’t stop soon, if the bleeding doesn’t stop soon, it wouldn’t be surprising if Eichel did eventually request a trade in order to win elsewhere.

If that were to happen someway down the line, then the Vegas Golden Knights should be one of the many teams that would be lobbying for Eichel’s attention and affection.

So, while we wait for hockey to return, we thought it would be fun to delve into the reasons for and against the Golden Knights rescuing Jack Eichel from his Buffalo Sabres hell…

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