Boston Bruins

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 14: Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres takes a shot during warm ups before the game against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center on January 14 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)

The painful stalemate between the Sabres and Jack Eichel is refusing to let up.

With the 24-year-old still twisting in limbo when it comes to the medical treatment for the neck injury that kept Eichel out of action for almost all of last year and the 2021-22 season to date, it’s been made abundantly clear that Eichel wants out. It’s also clear that the Sabres are going to inevitably sell him off to the highest bidder, and that their request is a massive one despite Eichel’s injury situation.

But that hasn’t stopped a handful of teams, including the Bruins, from showing an interest, as revealed in the latest tidbit shared by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Speaking with ’32 Thoughts’ podcast co-host Jeff Marek on Marek’s radio show on The Fan 590 on Monday, Friedman was asked point blank about the Bruins and Eichel and shared that the Bruins have certainly sniffed around the Eichel situation.

“Well, I think [the Bruins] have been around there,” Friedman said. “There’s no question about that.”

Now, before we all take our pants off, the level of reported interest varied from team-to-team, and the Bruins were mentioned by Friedman along with *deep breath* the Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Avalanche, Golden Knights, Flames, Wild, Rangers, and Ducks. (Did I catch a niner in there? Were you talkin’ trade from a walkie talkie?) Friedman even touched on Eichel going to the Kraken, though that was brought up by Marek, so you can’t fault him for entertaining the question.

In essence, we’re getting awfully close to Eichel finding himself linked to every team that does not play in Buffalo.

Still, the fact that the Bruins are even mentioned at all is interesting.

But, of course and as always, it’s more complicated than that.

Especially as it relates to the Sabres’ desired return and the B’s situation.

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