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If I am in charge of the Sabres, I am moving Eichel.

He will always be this way no matter the coach, the GM or ownership.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/10/21 at 12:39 PM ET

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In reference to John Vogl tweet.

Brian Lawton,

Players always have a right to a 2nd opinion at the expense of the club. Ultimately the club can’t prevent a player from having a surgery as it is his decision. It gets trickier in terms of contract and payment if the science isn’t on your side but this thread is odd.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/10/21 at 12:47 PM ET

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Bring in Torts as coach and show Eichel what real torture is like.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/10/21 at 12:51 PM ET

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The person in charge of the Sabres is the problem, not Jack Eichels mouth or his wonky back/neck.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/10/21 at 12:51 PM ET

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No doubt Hoot, but what Eichel did today was make it harder to trade him.

What happens if Eichel doesn’t like the team he is traded too, same stuff?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/10/21 at 12:55 PM ET

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Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Then Eichel went into detail about what he described as a “disconnect” with the organization related to his treatment plan. Eichel expressed frustration with the Sabres’ handling of his injury, as he would prefer surgery to allow him to have a full offseason of training. The team, though, chose to have Eichel rehabilitate the injury before deciding if a procedure is the best course of action.

“For sure, I would say I’ve been a bit upset about the way things have been handled since I’ve been hurt. I would be lying to say that things have moved smoothly since my injury,” said Eichel. “So yeah, I think there’s been a bit of a disconnect I think from the organization and myself. It’s been tough at times.

But right now for me, I think the most important think is just trying to get healthy and figure out a way to be available to play hockey next year, where ever that might be.”

Eichel, who is under contract for five more years with an annual salary cap hit of $10 million, did not say if he wants to be part of the organization beyond this summer. He acknowledged that change is inevitable after a 10th consecutive season outside the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“I guess we’ll see what happens,” he added. “I think there’s a lot to that question. I think, the situation I’m in right now, my main and number one focus has been to try to figure out a way to, one, be cleared to play, and two, just try and get myself in as good of condition to be ready to have a good year next year.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/10/21 at 01:12 PM ET

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I wouldn’t want him here for sure. gulp

Posted by bigfrog on 05/10/21 at 01:50 PM ET

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Not everyone is cut out to be a selfless team leader
who makes those around him better and can show the way in terms of
commitment. Sometimes, instead you draft a really talented and productive
player who is not probably cut out for that role. And in a intractable mess like
Buffalo where ownership meddles too much and you run through GMs and coaches who are either unsuited or sabotaged or both, the owners and superstar become the constant. And you both need that superstar too much- which gives him too much unearned power too young - and have too little structure and culture and support around him. He ends up becoming more powerful than coaches or even GMs before he’s led and won and earned that influence. But no organization can work with ownership and a star player sidelining the adults whose expertise is to coach and run a team.

I’m pretty pro-labor and workers rights - hockey players get a lot of privileges but they also risk their long term health on a daily basis. I don’t know who did or said what re: Eichel’s major injury. I don’t know how much a team can formally or informally lean on a player to do what might not be best for him. I doubt they’d want to suspend him or void the contract of their best player though. It does seem rare for a player to complain this much in public, put himself at odds with his own team to this extent. Certainly we never heard anything like this from Bert, whom most of us love as a player but I’m sure care about more as a person who deserves a long, healthy life. A neck isn’t a knee, but think of the near-silence McDavid maintained while putting himself through insane rehab to be able to play right near the start of the coming season after a severe knee injury in the last game. He didn’t talk. He just worked.

I’ve never gotten the impression from the outside that Eichel is a great captain.
What do I know? He’s been a young guy with huge pressure and expectations and too little help, stuck in the most unenviable situation in the league. But it’s been hard not to wonder if, as good as he is, and as unfair as the situation is, he hasn’t in his own way been a part of the problem.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/10/21 at 02:12 PM ET

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You nailes it Lefty.  Theres no accountability.  Top down.

Posted by ThatGuy on 05/10/21 at 02:36 PM ET

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Not that it contributes at all to this conversation, but my 11 year old pointed out to me the other day how much Jack Eichel looks like Marv from Home Alone, and now I can’t look at him without seeing Marv.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 05/10/21 at 03:27 PM ET

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Hoo Boy… I’ve always felt the Lions we’re the worst organization in sports….well we now got a new contender in Buffalo.

I’ve never been a big fan of Eichel, but I’m not sure this was his best move.

I wonder if his agent was aware of this statement before it’s release ??

As a Wings fan, I look to Buffalo and think things could be so much worse…. shut eye

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/10/21 at 03:41 PM ET

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This is a guy who really should be a 1B on a team rather than a 1A (or in Buffalo’s case, just a 1.).  He could do his thing on the ice, and not be in the limelight, stirring the pot.

But (one of the) problem is, he WANTS to be the 1A, and he’s really not very good at it.  From all the snippets we hear, he sounds like a diva who has to have it his way and won’t tolerate it otherwise.  He’s the Aaron Rogers of the NHL. 

As long as he’s going to be in Buffalo, this team is going to struggle.  Finding someone to take him is not going to be easy though, and he’s going to need to take a backseat somewhere.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/10/21 at 03:57 PM ET

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I don’t know in this tight salary cap world which club can or would assume a $10 million contract for 5 more years for a guy who had 2 goals this year.

Posted by exor54 on 05/10/21 at 05:11 PM ET

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If Sam Reinhart is looking to get out, I hope the Wings sign him.  He could replace Ryan, Fil, and Gagner if they’re not coming back and his $5.2 million can help get the Wings up to the cap floor.  He’s RFA, but I think he’d really help the Wigns

The Sabres have 10 draft picks in the first round this year.  I believe they’re second most behind the Wings who have 12 picks in the first round.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/10/21 at 07:11 PM ET

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As bad as the Sabres are this Clown with no Brains but likes using ” I ” has got to go.  He will never be a LARKIN.

He thinks the C he wears is for Coach, CEO, Chairman of the Board.  Put him in Seattle, far far away!!!

No one could have missed this tool in the pre Draft conversations.

His team mates must want to get out from the Sabres and some players.

A total Mess, hard to fix!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/10/21 at 08:16 PM ET

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His body, his choice?

Forgot he was a Surgeon also

Glad he came out of his one and only Closet

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/10/21 at 08:18 PM ET

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If I am in charge of the Sabres, I am moving Eichel.

He will always be this way no matter the coach, the GM or ownership.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/10/21 at 12:39 PM ET

Short and 100% right!!  A little late to get full Value now though but anything is better than this jerk in the room with other team mates!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/10/21 at 08:24 PM ET

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The Sabres are winning more with him out of the line up.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/10/21 at 08:45 PM ET

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Am I missing something when I read this?

“The Sabres have 10 draft picks in the first round this year.  I believe they’re second most behind the Wings who have 12 picks in the first round.”

Cause if the Wings and the Sabres have 22 of the 31 picks in the first round of the draft I guess the rebuild will be pretty quick.

Posted by dwgs on 05/11/21 at 09:25 AM ET

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Cause if the Wings and the Sabres have 22 of the 31 picks in the first round of the draft I guess the rebuild will be pretty quick.

The Sabres would still find a way to screw it up.

Posted by evileye on 05/11/21 at 12:57 PM ET

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Am I missing something when I read this?

“The Sabres have 10 draft picks in the first round this year.  I believe they’re second most behind the Wings who have 12 picks in the first round.”

Cause if the Wings and the Sabres have 22 of the 31 picks in the first round of the draft I guess the rebuild will be pretty quick.

Posted by dwgs on 05/11/21 at 09:25 AM ET


Aaarrrggghhhxxx…thanks, man. 

 

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/11/21 at 01:08 PM ET

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