The Buffalo Sabres have stripped Jack Eichel of his captaincy after he failed a physical. He will be replaced by Jeff Skinner.
The Buffalo Bills is a professional American football team. They are based in Buffalo, New York and play their home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On Wednesday, March 29, the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had stripped Jack Eichel of his captaincy.
Jack Eichel was removed of his captaincy after failing his physical at Buffalo Sabres training camp, as the club and its franchise player continue at odds about surgical possibilities.
Eichel, 24, has been sidelined with a herniated disk in his neck since March. The great center and his club have been at odds about how to manage the injury, and he’s asked to be traded out of Buffalo. To begin the 2021-22 NHL season, he’ll be put on injured reserve.
“Unfortunately, Jack did not pass his physical yesterday,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams stated on Thursday. “At this time, Jack is refusing to proceed with the fusion surgery that our physicians recommend. As a result, we’ll keep working on finding answers.”
Eichel is in the fourth year of a $8 million, eight-year deal. It will be his last season before a complete no-movement clause takes effect next summer.
After Eichel’s injury was diagnosed, the Sabres chose non-surgical rehabilitation before consulting with their medical team, who recommended an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion to relieve Eichel’s pain. Eichel desired a disk replacement procedure in which a prosthetic disk would be implanted in his neck. It offers a faster recovery period, less loss of mobility, and a lower risk of repeat operations. However, it has never been attempted on an NHL player, while the Sabres’ preferred technique is more frequent.
“Our physicians have our whole confidence. They are medical professionals. They’ve been reliable from the beginning “Adams stated his opinion. “They’ve never wavered from what they believe should be the next step, and they’d be unhappy with anything other.”
Throughout the summer, Adams has been in discussions with Eichel regarding a trade, and those conversations are still ongoing. There is no timetable for an Eichel trade, according to the second-year general manager.
“If there’s a chance to [better our squad] and we believe it’s in the best interests of the organization, we’ll take it,” Adams said. “But if there had been a solution during the summer that we felt was reasonable, we would have implemented it. Clearly, this is not the case.”
He wouldn’t say whether clubs had requested that Eichel have surgery before dealing for him.
“Teams are looking for clarification. There was a lack of clarity throughout the summer. But now we know what’s going on “he said “It has contributed to this. In his peak, [Eichel] is an exceptional franchise player. As a franchise, we must go ahead, but we cannot compromise on certain values.”
While Adams wouldn’t say Eichel has played his last game with the Sabres, he has been stripped of his captaincy, which he has held since 2018.
“Jack Eichel is no longer the captain of the Buffalo Sabres, as I told him two days ago and as I told the team yesterday. The captain, in our opinion, is your team’s pulse, and we were in a position where we thought we needed to make that choice “According to Adams, the squad will not have a captain to begin the season.
Terry and Kim Pegula, the Sabres’ owners, have expressed their support for the team’s handling of Eichel’s predicament, according to Adams. He also meets with Pat Brisson, who Eichel hired as his agent, on a regular basis.
“We will proceed in the proper manner. We’ll stick to our strategy. We’re not going to give in to peer pressure or individuals telling us that we have to do anything. We’ll follow our instincts and do what we believe is right “Adams stated his opinion. “It’s my responsibility to absorb all of the facts and do what we think is best for the company.”