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Jack Eichel Headed To Buffalo

from the CP at TSN,

Sabres captain  will travel to Buffalo for his pre-training camp physical this week amid questions of whether he’ll be cleared to play, and his future with the team in limbo, a person with direct knowledge of the player’s plans told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussions between Eichel and the Sabres have been private. The Sabres are conducting their player physicals on Wednesday, a day before opening training camp.

Eichel has been sidelined since March with a herniated disk sustained in a game against the New York Islanders. The injury has created a widening rift between the player and the team over how it should be treated in what has become an offseason-long standoff.

Eichel favors having artificial disk replacement surgery. The Sabres are against him having the procedure because it has never been performed on an NHL player.

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Alan's avatar

Whether he’s cleared to play or not, I doubt he’ll play at 100% until he’s traded. I understand Buffalo wanting to maximize return for Eichel, but the longer this drags out, the less they can reasonably expect to receive for him.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/20/21 at 04:13 AM ET

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