There have been two franchise altering moves made in the NHL this morning. The biggest and most important was clearly the recall of Kristians Rubins from the Toronto Marlies, and Nick Richard already has you covered on the analysis of that move.
The second significant transaction was the inevitable moving of Jack Eichel from the Sabres to the Vegas Golden Knights, for the underwhelming package that seems to have existed since day one, Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch, a 1st (likely a late one and one that is top 10 pick protected) and a 3rd round pick. For one of the best players in the world, that’s not a huge payment.
What we’ll see in the short term is Jack Eichel going for the surgery he requires to get back on the ice, in the long term, well… those Golden Knights continue to look better and better. But even more than this, we need to ask the most important question of all, “How does this affect the Leafs?”
Since the majority of the relevance to the Leafs will be on the Sabres side of things I’ll naturally start with the Golden Knights side of things. The biggest impact for …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation