Jack Eichel failed his bodily at Buffalo Sabres coaching camp and has been stripped of his captaincy, because the workforce and its franchise participant stay at an deadlock over surgical procedure choices.
Eichel, 24, has been out since March with a herniated disk in his neck. The star heart and his workforce have battled over the right option to deal with that harm, and he is requested a commerce out of Buffalo. He’ll be positioned on injured reserve to begin the 2021-22 NHL season.
“Sadly, yesterday, Jack didn’t cross his bodily,” Sabres GM Kevyn Adams mentioned Thursday. “Thus far, Jack just isn’t prepared to maneuver ahead with the fusion surgical procedure that our medical doctors are suggesting. So we will proceed to work in direction of options.”
Eichel is within the fourth 12 months of an eight-year, $80 million contract. It is his final season earlier than a full no-movement clause kicks in subsequent summer season.
After Eichel’s harm prognosis, the Sabres opted for non-surgical rehabilitation, earlier than their medical consultants urged an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion to alleviate Eichel’s discomfort. Eichel wished disk alternative surgical procedure, with a synthetic disk being positioned in his neck. It guarantees a shorter rehab time, the potential for much less lack of movement and much much less potential for the need for future surgical procedures. However it’s by no means been finished on an NHL participant earlier than, whereas the Sabres’ most well-liked methodology is extra commonplace.
“We’ve got absolute belief in our medical doctors. They’re the medical consultants. They have been constant since day one,” Adams mentioned. “They’ve by no means wavered from what they assume must be the subsequent step, and if one thing else was finished, they might be uncomfortable with it.”
Adams has been engaged in commerce talks about Eichel all through the offseason, and people talks proceed. The second-year basic supervisor mentioned there is not any timeline on an Eichel commerce.
“If now we have a possibility to [improve our team], and we really feel it is the proper factor for the franchise, then we’ll do it,” Adams mentioned. “But when there was an answer over the summer season, and we thought it made sense, then we’d have finished it. Clearly that is not the case.”
He would not touch upon whether or not groups have requested that Eichel have surgical procedure earlier than buying and selling for him.
“Groups need readability. Over the course of the summer season, there wasn’t nice readability. However now we have readability now,” he mentioned. “It has performed a job on this. [Eichel] is an elite, franchise participant in his prime. We’ve got to maneuver ahead as a franchise, however we will not compromise on sure issues we consider.”
Adams would not say that Eichel has performed his final recreation as a member of the Sabres, however he has been stripped of the captaincy he is held since 2018.
“I spoke to Jack two days in the past, I spoke to the workforce yesterday and addressed this, Jack Eichel is now not the captain of the Buffalo Sabres. From our perspective, the captain is your heartbeat of your workforce, and we’re in a scenario the place we felt we would have liked to make that call,” mentioned Adams, who mentioned the workforce won’t begin the season with a captain.
Sabres house owners Terry and Kim Pegula help how the workforce is dealing with Eichel’s scenario, Adams mentioned. He is additionally engaged in day by day discussions with Pat Brisson, whom Eichel employed as his agent.
“We are going to do issues the proper method. We are going to keep on with our plan. We’re not going to cave or again down due to stress or as a result of persons are saying ‘It’s a must to do that.’ We will do what we really feel is correct,” Adams mentioned. “My job is to take all the knowledge and do what we consider is correct for the group.”