Jack Eichel will get artificial fragment relief surgery as soon as this week, sources told ESPN, after the star was traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday morning. The return for Buffalo is Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch, an unborn first-round draft pick and an unborn alternate-rounder. Vegas will also get an unborn third-round draft pick as part of the deal.
Still, the Sabres will get a 2022 first-rounder and a 2023 alternate-rounder, with Vegas getting a 2023 third-rounder If Vegas’ first-round pick in 2022 isn’t a top-10selection. However, Buffalo gets a 2023 first-rounder and a 2024 alternate-rounder, with the Golden Knights getting a 2024 third-rounder If Vegas’ first-round pick in 2022 is a top-10 selection. The Calgary Dears were also deep into addresses with Buffalo GM Kevyn Adams this week, sources told ESPN.
Eichel, 25, was the. 2 overall pick by Buffalo in 2015. He’s in the fourth time of an eight-time,$ 80 million contract– and in the last time before a full no-movement clause kicks incoming summer. Still, his relationship was estranged with Buffalo last season over a disagreement over how to treat a herniated fragment in his neck. The Sabres preferred Eichel suffer emulsion surgery, as an artificial fragment relief has noway been performed on an NHL player. Under NHL collaborative logrolling agreement rules, brigades have the final say on how to treat injuries.
Vegas, as well as utmost brigades that Eichel’s camp talked to, was amenable to Eichel getting his favored surgery, sources told ESPN.
Buffalo stripped Eichel of his captaincy, and he has been on injured reserve this season. In six seasons in Buffalo, Eichel scored 355 points in 375 career games. After his surgery, Eichel is anticipated to be cleared to grind in six weeks, but it’s a minimum of three months until he’ll be cleared for contact. That timeline would put his return until at least after the All-Star break, and likely eliminates him from contending in the 2022 Olympics for Team USA.
The Golden Knights (4-5) have formerly been depleted by injuries this season, with five players on injured reserve, not including William Karlsson, who’s out indefinitely with a broken bottom.
The Sabres added pieces to a youthful, rebuilding platoon that’s out to a far better launch than anticipated at 5-3-1 under first-time trainer Don Granato.
Tuch is sidelined until January after having shoulder surgery this offseason. The hard-hitting winger has 61 pretensions and 78 assists for 139 points in 249 career games. Krebs is a 2019 first-round pick who has one help in 13 career NHL games.