If Eichel asked for a trade, it wouldn’t really hurt the Sabres leverage.
The Devils could use their extra salary cap space next season to trade for a young player who a team may not be able to afford. Taking on a veteran with an added sweetener of a draft pick or prospect is also possible. There may be more teams looking to shed salary this offseason.
It’s unlikely the Devils make a trade with any of the teams that missed the playoffs.
Gillis would open idea of the Blackhawks vacant president position
“I’ve had teams call and ask what my plans are, and as I’ve said, you know, I’m really interested in a highly collaborative, forward-thinking place,” Gillis said by phone Thursday. “That requires real commitment. So of course I’d have the conversation and see if people are committed to that kind of thinking or that kind of strategy. And if they’re not, they’re not, which is fine. Lots of teams have had success in the past without it.
“But I truly believe that the future lies in taking advantage of all these great tools that have come available most recently. And in order to do that, you need to have a group of people in your executive suite that adopt those principles and believe in them, and then you have to apply them and you have to continually evaluate them and you have to be successful. That’s the type of stuff, yeah, I got a lot of time for discussing and thinking about it.”