If you're a Buffalo Sabres fan, I wouldn't go investing in Jack Eichel merchandise this offseason.
Eichel, the Sabres' captain, finally met with the media today to close out the Sabres season and you didn't exactly have to read between the lines to see that the 24 year old is seeking a change of scenery. It's been a rough go for Eichel in Buffalo almost since the start of his career and if this season showed us anything it's that the Sabres are still a long, looooong ways away from contending. With time ticking on Eichel's prime years, you can hardly blame him for being fed up.
I mean... just check out some of these quotes:
Yikes... the team meddling in the medical decisions of a superstar player? Shades of Eric Lindros, anyone? It certainly sounds like a similar situation.
From John Vogl of The Athletic:
Buffalo will need a new captain. The bridge between Eichel and the Sabres is engulfed in flames, and it's hard to imagine it'll be salvaged. Eichel has been a fitness freak since his teen years, and he's furious the team is telling him what he can and can't do with his body. The trust is shattered. And that's just one angle. Add in six seasons without even a sniff of the playoffs and Eichel is clearly ready to move on. He's as good as gone.
Then there's this:
He's history, right? It's clear to me that he's sick of being jerked around. He's sick of the directionless approach the team takes. He's sick of it all. And frankly, after six wasted seasons who can blame him?
Yep... he's history.