Jack Eichel would not have given up on convincing the Buffalo Cypress that alternative surgery on his spine was the right thing to do to keep him healthy.
According to ESPN on Friday, the 24-year-old forward has met with several doctors in recent weeks to build his case for a recent meeting with the National Hockey League (NHL) club staff.
Remember, Eshel wants to undergo surgery in which doctors replace one of the disks in his spine with an artificial one. This is a procedure that has never been performed on an NHL skater. For their part, the Sabers want the American player to undergo a spinal fusion, which is a more traditional procedure for hockey players.
According to the collective agreement, the clubs at the Pittman circuit have the final say in the treatment of injuries to the athletes.
Eichel and the Buffalo Organization have been at odds since last season and it looks like the Sabers have been trying to trade him for a while. However, this can be complicated, given the health status of the player who was named the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 draft.
At the beginning of the last training camp, Eichel lost his captain’s title. The Saber has also reportedly shared his medical records with other NHL teams in an effort to facilitate the transaction.
In his career, the Massachusetts native scored 139 times and provided 216 assists for 355 points in 375 games in the world’s best hockey league.
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