Jack Eichel was reportedly traded to the Vegas Golden Knights

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – The Jack Eichel era in Buffalo is finally over.

The Buffalo Sabers traded their former captain and first-round pick to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, according to a tweet from former Buffalo Saber Andrew Peters.

Sports Network’s Darren Dreger also tweeted Thursday morning saying in return the Sabers would get Alex Tuch and unspecified draft picks as part of the deal.

The Sabers drafted Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft with the 2nd pick overall. In October 2017, he signed an eight-year, $ 80 million contract extension that began at the start of the 2018-19 season. Exactly one year after signing this contract extension, Eichel was named captain of the team. He held the captain position until September 2021, when General Manager Kevyn Adams withdrew the letter “C” following a tense offseason between the two sides.

“The captain should be the heart of this team,” Adams said on September 23. “We felt we had to make the decision.”

It seemed that frustration with the organization had built up from year to year. Since joining the team, Eichel has played under four different head coaches [including this year’s head coach Don Granato] and was part of a team that did not finish better than 23rd in the league standings, finishing twice last dead.

Eichel was injured in March and has missed the team’s last 33 games. Tensions peaked after Eichel’s wish for an artificial disc replacement was not accepted by the team, choosing instead to follow their team doctors’ recommendations for fusion surgery of record, which Eichel does not want. At the end of the season press conferences, Eichel expressed his frustration with the organization and treatment of his injury.

“I would be lying to say that things have gone well since my injury. I think there has been a bit of a disconnect between the organization and myself,” he said on May 10. “It was tough at times.”

Following several business rumors throughout the offseason that caused him to stay at Buffalo, Eichel failed his pre-camp physical exam and has been on a long-term injured reserve since then.

His tenure at Buffalo included 139 goals and 216 assists.

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