Odds Favor Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall Will Not Be Traded Before 2021 NHL Trade Deadline

Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall - Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • As the April 12th NHL trade deadline approaches, there are odds speculating the future of Buffalo Sabres stars Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall
  • At minus-500 odds, the betting line is heavily weighted that captain Eichel will remain with the Sabres
  • Surprisingly, Buffalo is the -200 chalk to remain the team of soon-to-be UFA Hall

Is a Jack Eichel trade in the works? Will Taylor Hall be joining a playoff contender prior to the April 12th NHL trade deadline? On paper, the Buffalo Sabres should be a very good team. Ten of Buffalo’s players were selected among the top-10 picks in their draft year. Hall was a first overall selection in 2010. Eichel went second overall in 2015.

However, games aren’t won on paper. The Sabres are the NHL’s longest-running train wreck. Buffalo is heading for a 10th straight finish outside of the playoffs. They are on their eighth coach and fourth GM since 2012.

Coach Ralph Krueger has been dismissed and speculation is that the Sabres, who’ve lost 13 games in a row, may be about to blow up the roster and start rebuilding yet again. And that could see some big names moving to new homes.

Oddsmakers don’t believe that it will be Buffalo’s biggest names that will be relocating, however. Betting lines on a pair of props as to where Sabres captain Eichel and former Hart Trophy winner Hall will be playing following the NHL trade deadline lists the Sabres as odds-on favorites in both instances.

Eichel is given -500 to still be with the club following the deadline. Hall is becoming an unrestricted free agent as season’s end. Yet the Sabres are the -200 chalk to be his team when the deadline passes.

Jack Eichel/Taylor Hall Trade Odds

Team Jack Eichel Odds Taylor Hall Odds
Buffalo Sabres -500 -200
New York Rangers +500 OFF
Boston Bruins +850 +500
Los Angeles Kings +1200 OFF
Detroit Red Wings +2000 OFF
New Jersey Devils +2000 OFF
Ottawa Senators +2000 OFF
Minnesota Wild +2000 OFF
Vancouver Canucks +3000 OFF
New York Islanders OFF +400
Edmonton Oilers OFF +400
Florida Panthers OFF +500

Odds as of Mar. 22nd. Market closes at NHL trade deadline on April  12th, 2021.

Eichel Speculation Jacking Up

As much as dealing away their best player doesn’t make any sense, the Eichel trade speculation won’t be quelled. According to published reports, in order to pry Eichel out of Buffalo, the Sabres require four first-round picks, or a package of four players and picks in which all of the players included were first-round selections.

It’s no surprise that the New York Rangers are the second betting choice at +500. The Rangers always do things in a big way. They’ve also got the kind of assets that Buffalo is reportedly seeking.

No NHL team is as deep in high-end prospects as the Los Angeles Kings. But the Kings are also in a rebuilding mode and might not be willing to part with some of that future talent before seeing what they have to offer.

Eichel is currently out for what the Sabres have termed the foreseeable future with a neck injury. There are rumblings that it could be season ending.

Eichel, 24, is also signed through 2026 at $10 million per season. Players of his caliber with lots of term left on their pacts generally don’t get moved until the offseason, when teams have the time to make the necessary salary-cap adjustments.

Pick: Buffalo Sabres (-500)

A Haul for Hall?

Odds were that Hall was always going to be a rental in Buffalo. He signed a one-year deal with the Sabres last year. That gave Buffalo a season to show Hall why he should stay and provided Hall with a quick escape route if things ended up pretty much like they have.

If the trade deadline passes and the Sabres haven’t moved Hall, they truly are the NHL’s worst franchise. Their biggest problem could be finding a suitor for a player who’s scored twice in 29 games and just 18 times over his last 94 games.

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The Islanders don’t score much (2.94 goals per game, 15th overall in NHL) and are without captain Anders Lee, who’s been their leading goal scorer in four of the past five seasons. They might just be desperate enough to roll the dice on Hall rediscovering his game.

Pick: New York Islanders (+400)

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Robert Duff