The Buffalo Sabres reportedly want to "move on" from superstar center and team captain Jack Eichel this summer, and it appears trade discussions are heating up.
According to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, conversations between the Sabres and other interested teams are "getting more intense and serious."
LeBrun lists the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, among others, as potential suitors for Eichel.
The 24-year-old has five years remaining on his contract at $10 million per season. He'll have a no-move clause after next season, so the Sabres may be forced to move him now if they feel he's no longer a fit within the organization to receive the best return.
In his season-ending media availability, Eichel essentially said he would be willing to play for another team next season. His comments came after a dispute over how to handle his herniated disk injury.
The Sabres drafted Eichel second overall in 2015. He has 139 goals and 216 assists in 375 games played.