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Jack Eichel out for season, reportedly to have surgery

Jack Eichel
Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 14, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Sabres announced Wednesday afternoon that Jack Eichel won't be back on the ice for the rest of the 2021 season. Buffalo's star center will reportedly have surgery on a herniated disc in his neck.

Eichel's last appearance of the ice was on March 7th against the New York Islanders. When he left the game, trainers were paying close attention to his neck. Former head coach Ralph Krueger never revealed a timetable for his return.

“It’s a bummer, it is," interim head coach Don Granato said. "You hope for him to feel better every day and improve every day and that’s in essence what you think of and how you think about it."

“It’s always tough missing time, no-one wants to go through a stretch like this watching games and you hope he recovers and he comes back better from it," forward Sam Reinhart added.

In 21 games played, Eichel had two goals and 16 assists for the Sabres. The team expects him to be healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2021-22 season.