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Jack Eichel to Sit Tuesday’s Game, Could Be Out Long-Term With Injury

Jack Eichel will not play Tuesday, but there are rumblings his injury might be more serious than just one game.

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The news on Jack Eichel’s injury status is apparently not so good. While it’s not been confirmed how serious, Elliotte Friedman notes, “We will see where this goes, as there are rumblings Eichel could be out longer term. No clarification at this time.”

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The report from Friedman comes moments after the Buffalo Sabres officially announced that Eichel would be missing Tuesday’s game with an upper body injury. It’s just more bad news in a disastrous season for the Sabres, but this is not a team that was bound to make the playoffs, with or without Eichel.

There is video of Eichel in discomfort on the Sabres bench after an awkward rub into the boards, but it’s not completely clear if this is where the injury took place. Some are suggesting he may have been playing with issues for most of this season.

What will have people interested in the story and the status updates as we go along is what this might mean for any possible trade talk. Obviously, the health of Eichel is priority one. That said, there’s been a lot of interest in what the Sabres do with the star center and while he has reportedly not asked for a trade, many believe one may be inevitable.

If Eichel is seriously hurt, a trade may not come anytime soon. Even if, for some reason, Buffalo decides to pull the trigger and sell off everything before the NHL Trade Deadline, for Eichel, the key is his no-move clause and when it kicks in. Buffalo still has all of this and next season to take their time and see how things play-out.

Obviously, as more news becomes available about Eichel’s status, we’ll provide updates.

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