Vegas Golden Knights: Jack Eichel is A Golden Knight

Vegas Golden Knights, Jack Eichel. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Vegas Golden Knights, Jack Eichel. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The Vegas Golden Knights, who’ve been linked to Jack Eichel for the last couple weeks, have finally pulled the trigger. It was just reported by Elliotte Friedman, and Darren Dreger, that Jack Eichel is officially a Vegas Golden Knight.

The Vegas Golden Knights have officially pulled the trigger to acquire superstar, Jack Eichel.

The Vegas Golden Knights have been greatly impacted by injuries through the first couple weeks. After losing Mark Stone with a lower-body injury, Max Pacioretty with a lower-body injury, Zach Whitecloud with a lower-body injury, Nolan Patrick with an upper-body injury, and now William Karlsson with a lower-body injury, they have just absolutely horrible luck.

However, I’d assume after having some incredibly intense talks with the organization, and coaching staff they felt the best solution was to obtain a superstar to help give them a boost after the all-star break.

Now, I know what you’ll be asking, but yes I said all-star break. The surgery in which Eichel wishes to receive would put his return date right after the all-star break. Which I know it’s slightly off topic but Eichel’s return time-line is actually the same as it is for Alex Tuch. However, because I know you’re curious on what the Vegas Golden Knights gave up in order to get him, we’ll here you go.

Vegas Golden Knights received: Jack Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick

Buffalo Sabres received: Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch, 2022 first-round pick, 2023 third-round pick

So if you look back to when some trades were leaked yesterday night, it’s clear that wasn’t the actual case. As a Knights fan you hate to see Krebs and Tuch go, but if the Sabres really had the offer that was reported from the Calgary Flames, they would’ve taken it.

As for his contract, that I know will raise questions; He’ll be flexed to the long-term IR in order to keep the Knights under the salary cap for the time being. I do believe this is a temporary fix until they can make another corresponding move, but as for now this is the Knights plan.

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Instead the Knights walk away losing a top prospect, who’s a budding superstar. Then, they lost a very good NHL caliber player with Alex Tuch. Which quite frankly doesn’t brake my heart. He’s always hurt, and holds a lot of trade value. Then they gave up a first-rounder this year and switched third-rounders in 2023.