It’s time to put an end to the Jack Eichel to Vegas rumors once and for all.
Yes, I know, I wrote last month why the Golden Knights should acquire the injured and unhappy Buffalo Sabres center. And it made sense then.
It doesn’t now. The timing just isn’t right for a megadeal to happen.
If the Golden Knights are going to trade for someone, it should be for a player who can come into the lineup immediately, not four months from now. With Max Pacioretty out six weeks and Mark Stone expected to miss an unspecified amount of time, the Knights aren’t deep enough to let go of any players, particularly prospects (We see ya, Peyton Krebs). They’re fortunate to have gotten three of their bottom-six forwards back to help coach Peter DeBoer roll out four lines.
Last weekend, the 32 Thoughts podcast indicated that the Sabres would want Krebs in any deal with the Knights for Eichel. Under normal circumstances, you might be willing to part with the 2019 first-round draft pick. But when your top two scorers are out of your lineup and Krebs is going to get a chance to play regular minutes in the NHL, why would you let him go?