Report: Sabres unwilling to retain salary in potential Eichel trade

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If the Buffalo Sabres commit to trading captain Jack Eichel, they want his contract fully off the books.

"One of the biggest hurdles right now to getting a Jack Eichel trade done is that the Sabres ... do not want to retain any salary," Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada's "32 Thoughts."

"Now, they are willing to talk about taking contracts back to facilitate a deal, but it's still difficult with so many teams close to the cap and also Eichel still having four more years at $10 million a season left on his salary."

A potential Eichel trade has been in limbo since the outset of this past offseason. The team and player remain at odds over the best way to fix Eichel's ailing neck. Eichel wants an artificial disc replacement - which has never been done on an NHL player - while the Sabres prefer fusion surgery, which is more common but has a longer recovery time.

Eichel is currently on long-term injured reserve. Since being drafted second overall by Buffalo in 2015, the soon-to-be 25-year-old's notched 355 points in 375 games.

The Sabres have begun their 2021-22 campaign with consecutive wins.

Report: Sabres unwilling to retain salary in potential Eichel trade
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