Official: Buffalo Sabres shipping Jack Eichel to Las Vegas Golden Knights
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC/AP)— Former Buffalo Sabres first-round pick, and team captain Jack Eichel is heading to Vegas. The team Thursday shipped the center to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, first reported from TSN. The Sabres have since confirmed the blockbuster move.
In exchange for Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick, the Sabres will get forward Peyton Krebs, forward Alex Tuch, a top-10 proteced 2022 first-round pick, and a 2023 second-round pick.
The Sabres and Eichel spent the last several months at odds over how to treat a herniated disk he suffered after being checked into the end boards in a game against the New York Islanders in March. Eichel favored having artificial disk replacement surgery. The Sabres were against him having the procedure because it has never been performed on an NHL player, and preferred him having the disk fused.
Buffalo thanked Eichel, who was drafted second overall in 2015 by the Sabres, for his contributions with the franchise.
Thank you for everything, Jack.— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 4, 2021
Best of luck in Las Vegas! pic.twitter.com/mWytKEjTqo
According to hockey reporter David Pagnotta, Eichel will move forward with the disk replacement surgery, and he will be expected to return after the Olympic break.
He was stripped of his captaincy in September. Eichel has five years left on an eight-year, $80 million contract. He has yet to play a game this season.
This is a developing story.