While the Boston Bruins are playing some great hockey, there is no doubt that they might be able to improve. This is especially when it comes to the future of their roster. While adding a player like Jack Eichel might sound great, it would cost the B’s way too much.
Eichel is a great player. He is a center that Boston desperately needs going forward. The former Boston University center is a proven leader already being a captain for Buffalo.
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Now this season, Eichel isn’t exactly playing great. He only has 2 goals in 17 games in 2021. For a player of his caliber, this is just unacceptable.
But it’s likely that Eichel bounces back. He has proven that he is a great scorer with his performance in prior seasons. In the 2018-19 season, Eichel was able to tally 28 goals and 54 assists. Boston could definitley use that scoring.
But should the Bruins actually go after Eichel? That’s where things get complicated.
Why the Boston Bruins shouldn’t go after Jack Eichel.
Eichel’s price tag is way too steep for the Bruins. According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, trade talks would begin with Boston either giving up David Pastrnak or Charlie McAvoy. That is a deal that the team can simply not make.
Pastrnak and McAvoy are two crucial pieces of Boston’s future plans. Losing them would do way more harm to the organization than good.
Pasta is the future of the first line. Players like Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron are nearing the end of their careers. They need to hold on to Pastrnak to ensure that they have the scoring necessary to win.
McAvoy is the Bruins best defenseman. Once again he is the future of the blue line. There is no way that he should be given up by Boston.
It would be a great story for Eichel to come back to Boston. He grew up in the area and went to college here. If he won a Stanley Cup they might even make a movie about the guy.
But the price tag is insanely steep. They can not afford to give up players of Pastrnak or McAvoy’s caliber. As much as Eichel might want to come home it simply isn’t worth it for Boston.
So while getting a player like Eichel might seem like a no-brainer, there is a lot more to the story. Acquiring him might actually hurt the Bruins instead of helping them.