Update: Eichel out long-term, seeking a second opinion

The disgruntled captain doesn't trust the Sabres' medical staff.


Earlier today the Buffalo Sabres announced that captain Jack Eichel will not play tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper body injury.

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Even worse though, both NHL insider Elliotte Friedman and former TSN analyst Aaron Ward report that Eichel could be out long-term. Ward reports that Eichel's injury is a "flare up" of a previous injury and that he's likely seeking a second opinion apart from the Sabres' medical staff.

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Any way you look at it, this is terrible news for the Sabres. Not only have they potentially lost Eichel long-term, but the fact that he's seeking a second opinion speaks volumes about his trust in the organization. Obviously it's a delicate situation in Buffalo right now and today's news could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back. I mean... how much more controversy can this fanbase endure?