4. The One Things We’re Not Talking About
The Devils could help three of the top four suitors to get Jack Eichel. The fourth suitor is the New York Rangers. It’s one thing to make a trade for Michael Grabner. It’s another thing completely to help your biggest rival get a first-line center for the next five years or more.
In fact, the Devils might be motivated to make the previous three moves in order to keep the Rangers from getting Eichel. The Devils know the Rangers are in a position to succeed, and one more major piece could make them dominant in the Metropolitan Division. They want to make that as hard on the Rangers as possible.
The Devils do not want to see Jack Eichel playing in the red, white, and blue. It would be bad for them. Even with the questions surrounding his neck injury, it sounds like surgery will fix the issue for now. Do not let them get the star player.
The Devils might come out as not a huge winner in these deals, but keeping Eichel away from the Rangers is a win. This is a no brainer on so many levels, and it forces the Rangers to find out if they have the 2C on the roster already. As of right now, there really isn’t another star center on the trade block that we know of. If the Devils can take the Rangers’ best option away while also getting assets from the other side, then this is a win-win.