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Golden Knights Trade Coming as Eichel Nearly Cleared for Contact

Jack Eichel could be cleared to take contact coming out of the NHL All-Star break. That means Vegas needs to move some money around.

There’s really good news for the Vegas Golden Knights that comes with some not-so-great news for the Golden Knights. Head coach Pete DeBoer said injured superstar Jack Eichel could be cleared for contact almost as soon as the NHL reconvenes from the All-Star break. Getting a player of Eichel’s caliber in the lineup will only help the Golden Knights who sit at the top of the Pacific Division with 57 points. That said, inserting his $10 million salary onto the roster means other moves are coming.

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It was always inevitable that the team was going to have to get to work on their salary cap situation so that coming out of LTIR, Eichel can actually play. That they could be looking at making room over the next week or so speeds up the likelihood that a decent-sized trade might be coming.

Reilly Smith’s ($5 million) name has been tossed around a little but it’s unclear what the Golden Knights will do.

Eichel Looks Ready

Saying “There’s been a couple (practices) in the last week where he’s maybe the best player on the ice, so I would say he’s progressing pretty well,” DeBoer added that the idea that Eichel will be able to take contact coming out of the All-Star break is likely going to be on the table. From there, it would be a matter of time before he’s ready to play games. DeBoer said, “The doctor was adamant that three months from surgery, there would be absolutely no contact. ” It appears those estimates might be close, but a touch off.

Eichel underwent artificial disc replacement surgery and the Golden Knights certainly won’t rush him back. But, if he’s playing like the best forward on the team, adding him to the lineup will be huge for Vegas, essentially making him an early trade-deadline pickup the team actually traded for in November from the Buffalo Sabres.

Should Vegas keep playing well and make the postseason, this will mark the first season Eichel has played in NHL playoff games.

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