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On Trading Jack Eichel

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

Kevyn Adams took a deep breath. He looked down and shook his head with a pained grin. He took another deep breath.

The Sabres general manager repeated this multiple times.

“It has been a really challenging situation,” Adams said about the Jack Eichel trade process, which finally concluded Thursday in a deal with Vegas. “It’s so complicated when you’re dealing with a superstar-level player. That’s complicated enough, and then you take in the medical and all the other things that were going on …”

He briefly laughed. A distressed laugh.

“Whoof, I guess I wasn’t ready for that question,” Adams said, trying to maintain his emotions.

In answering what he learned about trading a superstar, Adams showed the pain that many have felt. It hasn’t been easy for the GM, who was trying to reconcile an organization’s losing past with building a brighter future. It’s been indescribably hard on Eichel, who had his health and hockey stripped away through a herniated disk in his neck, and his family.

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added 2:47pm, Elliotte Friedman sat down with Eichel today.  Watch a snippet below and the full interview will be up later tonight.

added 4:25pm, full interview with Eichel is below.

Another snippet.


added 4:25pm, I beleive this is the full interview with Eichel.


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SYF's avatar

I guess Vegas really doesn’t give a care about “No Nut November.”  When this team gets all of its players back and under the cap, they could be the hairiest ballsack team in the West.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 11/04/21 at 06:09 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Jack Eichel was going to do interviews on Thursday, whether traded or not. He was ready. It was time.

“It’s been a long process,” he said from his Buffalo residence, hours after being traded to Vegas. “It’s been dragged out. Quite honestly, I feel a little bit embarrassed. As a hockey player, you want to be in the media, and have people taking about you for your performance and…your team winning games.”

Instead, the conversations around him were potential trades, grievances and medical debates.

Then, at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Buffalo GM Kevyn Adams phoned. Relief for Eichel — and undoubtedly Adams, the Sabres and their fans. This needed to end. It wasn’t good for anyone.

“I appreciate (Kevyn) giving me the opportunity to go somewhere, get my preferred surgery and get my career back where it needs to be,” Eichel said. And he’s thrilled about going to Vegas.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/04/21 at 06:12 PM ET

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