BUFFALO, NY – Disappointment over another losing season, which Sabers captain Jack Eichel said was “disconnected” with his team over how to cure a herniated disc, questioned his future in Buffalo on Monday.
The franchise’s face found it difficult to hide its dismay for the sabers in talking to reporters during a 25-minute video call that followed the completion of another pathetic season for Buffalo. His comments add a new layer of uncertainty to a team that finished in the overall standings for the fourth time in seven years, extending their playoff drought to an NHL-record by matching the 10th season and yet another coaching quest. Is in the middle.
“I think I have had to think a lot to do this offseason. There is a lot that I have to consider,” said Eichel, who on several occasions refused to say whether he had a Business requested.
“For now, obviously I’m here, I’m the captain of this hockey team,” he said. “My goal is to be available and help the people in the room and help this organization win the hockey game. And as long as I am here, I will keep doing this.
Asked whether he still considered himself part of the solution at Buffalo, Eichel responded by calling it “a fraught question” before revealing an ongoing debate that he and the team were undergoing surgery.
“I would be lying to say that things have gone smoothly after my injury,” he said. “I feel that there has been a disconnect between the organization and me. This has been difficult at times. “
Eichel favored the surgery, given the need for the contract to follow the team’s recommendations during treatment.
“They certainly hold a lot of cards on what I can and can’t do,” Eichel said. “There have been some difficult conversations, but what I want to do is best for me.”
General Manager Kevin Adams and all interim coach Don Graneto decided to hold talks with reporters on Wednesday.
Eichel was hurt while checking the final boards by Islanders Casey Casey Cycas in the third period of a 5–2 loss on March 7. Eichel, who went out of state to seek a second opinion, was initially anticipated to return. The season is over. This changed last month, when Adams announced the season of Echell.
Adams did not rule out the possibility of Eichel’s surgery, but not until the injury was re-examined after the season. Eichel said doctors have given him information about the timeframe to recover from disc surgery, and is more beneficial given the nature of the injury in the long run.
“We’re not just talking about a black and white ankle sprain, different shoulder,” he said. “We’re talking about a herniated disc around your neck. This is a serious matter. “
The 24-year-old Eichel is the Sabers’ highest paid player and has completed a third year of an eight-year, $ 80 million contract. He was limited to two goals and had 16 assists for 18 points in 21 games in a season, hampered by multiple injuries, including a broken rib in training camp.
The series of defeats continues on Alicel, who has yet to make it to the playoffs since being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft and declared “I am fed up with defeat” after failing to make the team playoffs last year. An extended 24-team field.
“Losing is hard. It takes a toll, ”Eichel said on Monday.
“We haven’t had enough success, and I haven’t had enough success,” he said. “I have become a better hockey player. That’s what it comes down to. I am ready to get healthy and prepare myself for the next year. “
Adams took over after Jason Botterill was abruptly fired last June. Insisting that he had no intention of trading Eichel in October, Adams denied the possibility in March after firing coach Ralph Kruger.
“I think we’ll just wait and see what happens,” Eichel said. “I’m sure the team is exploring every possible option.”
Eichel is completely focused on his health.
“I’m only going to play hockey for so long,” Eichel said. “Hopefully, I have many more good years left in this wonderful game, but I have to take care of myself.”
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