In addition to the usual suspects — including the Ducks, Flyers, Wild, Kings and perhaps the Rangers — there is a previously undisclosed entrant in the Hunt for Jack Eichel.
Slap Shots has learned the Blackhawks have taken a ticket at the deli counter in communicating their interest in the 24-year-old center, who is in the midst of divorce proceedings with the Sabres while possibly facing a tricky surgery to repair a herniated disk.
In order to succeed in its quest, Chicago’s offer would have to feature Kirby Dach — the 20-year-old center who was drafted third overall in 2019, recorded 23 points (8-15) in his rookie season, then played just 18 games last year after he suffered a wrist injury in a pre-World Juniors tournament game.
Of course, there would have to be more to it. The Blackhawks own the 11th-overall selection in the upcoming draft July 23. That likely would also have to be thrown into the mix.
Jonathan Toews, who missed last season with an unidentified medical issue, may be able to return next season (when does a season become “this one” and as opposed to “next one,” I’ve never quite figured that one out?) for his age 33 season.