Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Jack Eichel’s agents have decided to break their silence in response to Kevyn Adams' press conference on Thursday.
Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli have issued this statement:
“In response to the Sabres’ statement regarding being in control of the process, Jack Eichel under contract and other comments, we offer the following response:
"The process is not working. As previously stated, we fully anticipated a trade by the start of the NHL free agency period. After the agreed upon and prescribed period for conservative rehabilitation lapsed in early June 2021, it was determined by the Sabres medical staff that a surgical procedure was required. The recommendation by Jack’s independent neurosurgeon, other spine specialists consulted, and surgery Jack feels most comfortable with having in order to correct a herniated disc in his neck is to proceed with Artificial Disc Replacement surgery. A further point of concern is that our camp was initially under the impression that the Sabres specialist was in agreement with the Artificial Disc Replacement surgery until that was no longer the case.
"What is being left out of the discussion is that Jack would be able to play in the NHL at the start of the season pending medical clearance if he were allowed to have the surgery he desires even as of this date. Repeated requests have been made to the Sabres since early June to no avail. This process is stopping Jack from playing in the NHL and its not working.”
The Buffalo Sabres are not commenting on this.