Why the Dallas Stars must trade for Jack Eichel

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 14: Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres takes a shot during warm ups before the game against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center on January 14 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 14: Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres takes a shot during warm ups before the game against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center on January 14 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /
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The Stars have pulled the big trigger before

8-years ago, the Dallas Stars acquired Tyler Seguin in a 7-player swap with the Boston Bruins. The trade worked out in the Stars favor as Seguin immediately built chemistry with Jamie Benn and quickly evolved into a Texas hockey scoring machine.

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DALLAS, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 11: Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars celebrates his goal with Tyler Seguin #91 for a hat trick against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period at American Airlines Center on February 11, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Seguin’s trade took the NHL world by surprise as few saw it coming. Boston Bruins fans remain shocked that the club dealt their former 2nd overall draft pick. Dallas Stars fans remain more shocked that Jim Nill mustered the audacity to make a blockbuster deal.

Nill sought to bring a franchise player to Dallas in Seguin. To make the deal, Nill parted with a top 6 forward and 3 prospects. The trade worked out favorably for the Stars who took advantage of Boston’s frustration with Seguin. Does history have a chance to repeat itself with Jim Nill, the Buffalo Sabres, and Jack Eichel?

Eichel to the Dallas Stars seems unlikely, but one can never say “never”. Either way, fans cannot deny the fact. Eichel in Big D would make the Stars a better offensive team. -JG