Eichel, Sabres nearing resolution on treatment for neck injury
The Buffalo Sabres and captain Jack Eichel are heading toward a resolution over how to treat the star's herniated disc in his neck, his agent, Peter Fish, told The Associated Press' Joe Yerdon on Thursday.
Eichel told reporters in May that he was upset with how the Sabres were handling his injury, saying there was a "disconnect" between the parties. He implied he wanted to have surgery to repair the injury but the club forced him to try to rehab it without undergoing the procedure.
General manager Kevyn Adams insisted the team's position remains the same, and he had a lengthy conversation with Eichel and his agent recently.
"Our stance hasn't changed and where we're at. It's in the hands of the medical experts," Adams said, according to Yerdon. "That's what I said previously and it's where we're at right now. That's the best I can give you."
Eichel missed the final two months of the campaign due to the injury. His future with the Sabres remains unknown, with a number of teams reportedly calling Buffalo about him. He has five years remaining on his $80-million deal, with a no-movement clause that doesn't kick in until next season.