Eichel (neck) and the Sabres have differing opinions about the next steps in his recovery with the center favoring surgery, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Eichel missed the final 33 games of the season due to his neck problem and it seems he is no closer to a solution. Once cleared to play, the 23-year-old Massachusetts native should get back to being a 20-30 goal scorer and serving as the focal point of the Buffalo offense.
Eichel will continue to rehab the herniated disc in his neck in hopes of avoiding surgery, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
It was initially believed that Eichel would undergo surgery to address his neck injury in the near future, but it sounds like he'll instead continue to try to correct the issue via rehab until being reevaluated in May. Another update on the 24-year-old pivot's status should be released after he's reevaluated by the Sabres' training staff in May.
Eichel will miss the remainder of the campaign due to a herniated disc in his neck. He is expected to be healthy and ready to play at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
This is a lost season for the Sabres, so Eichel is expected to undergo surgery soon instead of trying to return in 2020-21 so he can begin training in preparation for the 2021-22 campaign. Eichel was limited to just 21 games this year due to injuries, but he was still productive when healthy, racking up 18 points over that span. He'll remain a highly desirable fantasy asset heading into next season.
Eichel (neck) could miss the remainder of the regular season, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Eichel has missed the last 18 games with a neck injury and now could miss the rest of the 2020-21 campaign. Fortunately, Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said that the superstar center was making improvements. The Sabres are currently 22 points out of a playoff spot so there's no real reason to rush Eichel back to action. If he doesn't return, he'll finish the season with two goals and 18 points in 21 games.
Eichel (neck) was placed on injured reserve Monday, according to CapFriendly.
Eichel has already missed the last seven games and he'll be eligible to be activated from injured reserve once he's healthy. The 24-year-old has 18 points through 21 games this season and it's unclear when he's expected to return.
General manager Kevyn Adams is hopeful Eichel (neck) will be able to return this season, NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika reports.
Barring a historic turnaround, the Sabres aren't going to be competing for a playoff spot this season, so they certainly won't risk Eichel's long-term health by rushing him back before he's fully recovered from his neck injury. There's still a chance Eichel will be able to return at some point this season, but at this point fantasy managers should probably prepare to be without the 24-year-old pivot for the remainder of the campaign.
According to coach Ralph Krueger, Eichel (neck) will be out for the "foreseeable future."
There have been rumblings that Eichel's neck injury may be season ending, but Krueger and the Sabres have yet to commit to a specific timetable for the star center's recovery. More updates should be released as Eichel continues to be evaluated, but for now, fantasy managers shouldn't plan on the 24-year-old pivot being available anytime soon. Eichel's picked up two goals and 18 points through 21 games this campaign.
Eichel is currently undergoing further evaluation for a neck-related injury, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Eichel's already been ruled out of Buffalo's next three games at a minimum, but it sounds like he could be facing an even longer absence. Another update on the star center's status should surface in the coming days.
Eichel (upper body) returned to Buffalo on Tuesday and will miss at least one week, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Per Hamilton, it sounds like a one-week absence is the best-case scenario for Eichel -- it very well could be more based on further evaluation. If Eichel managed to return in a week, it would be against the Devils on March 16. Dylan Cozens will get the first shot at replacing Eichel on the Sabres' top line.
Eichel (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Flyers.
The Sabres have yet to release an expected timetable for Eichel's return, but he'll miss Tuesday's matchup with Philadelphia at a minimum with his upper-body issue. With Eichel sidelined, youngster Dylan Cozens is expected to center the Sabres' top line against the Flyers.
Eichel (lower body) was held without a point and registered three shots and three hits in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Flyers.
Buffalo's franchise center returned after missing the previous two games with his injury, but he failed to produce a point for the fourth time in his last seven games. It's been a frustrating season for Eichel, who has just two goals and 12 assists with a minus-7 rating through 17 contests. He'll try to get on track Tuesday against the Rangers.
Eichel (lower body) will play in Sunday's game versus the Flyers, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Eichel is back in action after spending the last two games in the press box. The 24-year-old will center the first line flanked by Victor Olofsson and Sam Reinhart as he looks to build on the 14 points he produced through the first 16 games.
Eichel (lower body) centered the first line during warmups ahead of Sunday's game versus the Flyers, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
The Sabres said they'd reveal their final verdict on Eichel's status after warmups. He's certainly on the right track after handling his typical role during warmups, so all indications are that he'll play Sunday.
Eichel (lower body) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game versus the Flyers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Eichel has missed the last two games, including Saturday's loss to the Flyers, but head coach Ralph Krueger is leaving open the possibility that the superstar will return Sunday. The 24-year-old produced 14 points over the first 16 games prior to this injury. The final verdict on Eichel's status will be made after warmups.
Eichel (lower body) won't play Saturday against Philadelphia, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports.
Eichel's considered day-to-day with his lower-body injury, so although he won't be available Saturday, he could return for Sunday's rematch with the Flyers. Curtis Lazar is expected to skate on the Sabres' top line until Eichel is ready to return.
Eichel (lower body) is considered day-to-day, John Wawrow of The Associated Press reports.
Eichel was a late scratch prior to Thursday's game against the Devils, and his status for Saturday's game against the Flyers is still up in the air. Expect a definitive update on the star center's status before Saturday's 1:00 p.m. EST puck drop.
Eichel (lower body) won't suit up in Thursday's game against the Devils, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Eichel was able to skate in warmups ahead of the contest, but the lower-body issue will force him to miss his first game of the season. The 24-year-old's absence will be a huge loss for the Buffalo offense, as he's racked up two goals and 14 points across 16 games. With Eichel sitting out Thursday, he will be replaced in the lineup by Tage Thompson.
Eichel tallied an assist in Tuesday's win over the Devils.
The helper gives Eichel three points in his last four outings -- all assists. He continues to primarily generate assists, but the goals are lacking. He hasn't found the back of the net in his past eight contests, dating back to Jan. 28, and has two goals and 14 assists through 16 games.
Per NHL Public Relations on Monday, Eichel and the Sabres' games have been postponed through at least Feb. 13, which means his next opportunity to play won't be until Feb. 15 against the Islanders.
This continues to be a fluid process, as the Sabres seem to add more players to COVID-19 protocol on a daily basis. At the time of this report, the Sabres had nine players in the league's protocol.
Per Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers, Eichel and the Sabres' games have been postponed through at least Feb. 8, which means his next opportunity to play won't arrive until Feb. 11 against the Capitals at the earliest.
The only thing that's been able to slow down Eichel this season has seemingly been postponements, as he's already racked up two goals and 11 points through 10 games. He'll continue to feature on Buffalo's top line and first power-play unit whenever the Sabres are cleared to resume play.
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