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Sabres GM Adams in no rush to deal Eichel

Sabres GM Kevyn Adams says the organization feels no pressure to trade captain Jack Eichel.
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File-This Feb. 28, 2021, file photo shows Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) skating during warmups prior to an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in Buffalo, N.Y. Eichel is nearing a resolution with the team over how to treat a herniated disk following a lengthy discussion with general manager Kevyn Adams. What the outcome will be — and what it means for his uncertain future in Buffalo — remains unclear. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

It's the question that looms large over every move the Sabres make. 

When are they going to trade Jack Eichel?

Eichel's representatives made it clear they expect a deal sooner rather than later over the weekend.  That was in response to Buffalo GM Kevyn Adam's comments that he'd be OK with Eichel being on the ice for training camp. 

Adams met the media Thursday to discuss free agency and changes to the coaching staff, but Eichel was a key storyline during the news conference. 

"We're in control of this process.  We have a player under contract.  We don't feel any pressure.   If there's a deal out there that we think is the right thing for the Buffalo Sabres that's going to help us we'd be open to it, but we're not in a position where we're just going to do something to do it.  That doesn't make any sense.  Those conversations are continuing to go."

Adams has made it clear that the Sabres want to move forward with players that "want to be here."   Eichel and his representatives have made it clear he wants out. 

Would it be a distraction to have him start the season in Buffalo?

"We have players on our team that are under contract, and we aren't going to do something that we don't think makes sense for our franchise. I feel very strongly about that."

Adams says there's been no change medically in the disagreement over the approach to treatment for Eichel's neck injury.   Eichel wants surgery that Sabres doctors deem to be too risky and unproven.  The Sabres control how Eichel is treated and prefer rest and rehabilitation. 

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