The star’s new agent, CAA’s Pat Brisson, updated the latest news with his client during an appearance Thursday on The Jeff Marek Show.
“It’s an interesting case, it’s a very complicated case,” said Brisson.
Eichel has been out with a herniated disc since March and prefers artificial disc replacement surgery (ADR) as a solution, but the team has not endorsed this type of procedure which has never been performed on a hockey player in the past. NHL level. Fusion surgery is a more common procedure for herniated discs.
Based on the current collective agreement, the team has the final say on what type of surgery can be approved.
Brisson has confirmed that there are teams in the league willing to allow Eichel to go through ADR, which will hopefully help facilitate a trade.
The 24-year-old center requested a trade earlier in the offseason, but his medical condition made negotiations difficult.
Eichel has five years and a $ 10 million AAV remaining on his contract, which has a no-trade clause that goes into effect next summer.
Listen to Brisson’s full interview below (skip to the 46:01 mark).
“I’m worried about doing what’s right for the Buffalo Sabers,” team general manager Kevyn Adams told reporters last month ahead of training camp. “That’s why I take the emotion out of it, I’m looking at what’s best for us to move forward, and if there’s something that makes sense, we’ll do it.” “
Brisson added that Eichel’s representation maintained a close dialogue with the management and ownership of Sabers during this process and stressed the importance of doing what is best for Eichel’s well-being.