The Golden Knights have completed yet another blockbuster trade, this time adding Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel.
Vegas has acquired Eichel and a 3rd round pick in exchange for Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs, a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick.
The 1st round pick is top-10 protected, meaning if the Golden Knights select outside of the top-10 in 2022, the selection will go to Buffalo, if Vegas selects inside of the top-10, they will keep the 2022 pick and send a 2023 1st to the Sabres.
Eichel is currently injured and unavailable to play with a neck injury that will require surgery. He will undergo an artificial disc replacement surgery in the coming days and is expected to be able to return to play in about 3-5 months.
In Jack Eichel, we are getting a player that I think is one of the top players in the league, one of the top centers in the league, and he’s in the prime of his career as a player who has just turned 25 years old. It addresses a need in our organization. For me, when you look at what an NHL contending team should look like, he’s a really important piece of that. -McCrimmon
Jack and his team have been working diligently to sort out what their next steps are with respect to surgery. He will have surgery. He will have the ADR, which is artificial disc replacement. It’s unique in relation to NHL players. It’s not necessarily that unique in terms of society, but there has never been an NHL player to have this type of surgery. We have a lot of respect for the work that has gone into this from his agent, his second-opinion doctors, and the specialists and doctors that he’s seen in this field. We’ll defer to their wishes and respect the choices that they’re making, based on knowing how much work they’ve done to prepare themselves for surgery. Obviously, they’re acting in what they believe is in the best interest of Jack’s health, not only in the short-term, but in the long-term. We completely understand and respect that. -McCrimmon
Here's a good breakdown of the VGK cap situation.
In short, they are going to have to find two or three players with significant salaries to be moved to become cap compliant. https://t.co/d8Ml3YJx1F
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