Buffalo SabresEichel, Reinhart and Ristolainen may want out

 

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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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It looks as if the top vets on the Sabres are hinting they want out. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart hint they would be happier on a winning team. So would Rasmus Ristolainen. All 3 expressed anger over how the season ended.

Eichel is contemplating surgery on his neck after he got a herniated disc in March. In his season ending interview, Eichel expressed extreme disappointment on the direction of the team.

https://buffalonews.com/sports/sabres/mike-harrington-jack-eichels-bombshell-turns-up-the-heat-on-sabres-gm-kevyn-adams/article_cedd22bc-b1c1-11eb-8cf3-17c194fb278f.html


Jack Eichel's bombshell turns up the heat on Sabres GM Kevyn Adams

Whatever happened to the highs and lows? We know sports are never a straight line, that the emotions are supposed to go hither and yon. But it just doesn't seem that way when it comes to the Buffalo Sabres.

Because every time you think they can't go any lower, they find a way.

There are bad days for a franchise and then there is what Monday was for the Sabres. It wasn't July 1, 2007 – at least not yet – but it was along the lines of Ryan O'Reilly losing-his-love-for-the-game bad.

And it could potentially have the same multiyear ramifications of that infamous locker cleanout day chat from April 2018.

Rasmus Ristolainen seemed to make it clear a change of address would be in his best interests. Utterly bratty Sam Reinhart, coming off a 25-goal season that was on pace for near 40 in a full schedule, looked like he'd rather be in a dentist's chair than try to say anything relevant about the franchise or his own game.

Things got a little rosier with Linus Ullmark clearly showing interest in returning and Jake McCabe, in his first interview since his February knee surgery, surprised us by saying he could be back skating as soon as July. That would be weeks ahead of the timetable the team initially figured.

Then it was Jack Eichel's turn to speak. This was not saving the best for last.

A few minutes into his 24-minute chat, the captain dropped a bombshell with the word "disconnect." If he's traded in the next few months, it might become his Buffalo legacy as much as we recall "suffering" with Darcy Regier.

It appears the Sabres are picking a fight with their franchise player. A guy who scored 36 goals in last year's shortened season and tried to play through this year after a broken rib and a sore ankle and some sort of abdominal issue he said has been "unresolved" for over a year. Eichel has a herniated disc in his neck and both sides agree on that.

Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and Linus Ullmark were once viewed as future foundational players for the Buffalo Sabres. Now there’s reason to wonder if any of the four will be with the team in 2021-22.

But the 24-year-old is taking a long-term view of things and that's where the disconnect is. He wants to play more hockey at a high level and he wants to live a comfortable life. Let's not forget that most of these guys are done in the NHL by 35 and they're almost all done by 40, just when most of us are really cranking up our careers.
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.2 In reply to 60227.1 
Check out the post above about Eichel's end of the year press conference. It seems like he wants to go to a playoff team. Maybe the Bruins might want to trade for him.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.3 In reply to 60227.2 
I suppose it might be a negotiating ploy as well. Good news is every other team has a better record so how can he lose?
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.4 In reply to 60227.3 
I really can't blame Eichel for wanting out, if that is the case. Who would want to stay with this franchise after so many years of being at the bottom? I call the Sabres organization the cesspool of hockey.

Unlike the Bills, where Pegula won the lotto with Sean McDermott, he can't get it right with the Sabres. Since LIndy Ruff, he hired and fired  Ron Rolston, Ted Nolan,  Dan Bylsma,  Phil Housley and Ralph Krueger. Don Granato did the best he could under the circumstances, but is he the one to lead this team out of the swamp?
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.5 In reply to 60227.4 
Well, the Bills have turned it around. So will the Sabres someday in the future.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.6 In reply to 60227.5 
I used to joke that I'll be celebrating the Sabres winning the Stanley Cup from 6 feet under. I'll be turning and dancing in my grave. LOL
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.7 In reply to 60227.6 
When the Red Sox won their first World Series in 2004 since 1918, there were a lot of stories of kids visiting their parents graves and holding celebrations for the dead fans who never got the taste of a world series win.

Sounds like you should pre-plan such an event the way the Sabres are going lately.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.8 In reply to 60227.7 
Yea, I think I may be attending a Bills Super Bowl victory parade much sooner than a Sabres parade. Maybe in my next life, come 2045.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.9 In reply to 60227.8 
More like in the year 2525...... LOL
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.10 In reply to 60227.9 
There's that song again. After the last time we talked about that song, I played it on Youtube and couldn't get it out of my head for a week. LOL
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.11 In reply to 60227.10 
That song will end after we pass that year on the calendar..... LOL
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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I will then be the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather to my reincarnated soul.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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Maybe you should get frozen and get brought back then (kinda like Ted Williams)?
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.14 In reply to 60227.13 
Didn't they freeze Ted's head? Maybe he'll come back as Max Headroom.
 
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Ted Williams was decapitated by surgeons at the cryonics company where his body is suspended in liquid nitrogen, and several samples of his DNA are missing, Sports Illustrated reported. ... The head is stored in a steel can filled with liquid nitrogen.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.15 In reply to 60227.14 
Yes. For some reason they did cut off his head. Why he is in deep freeze had something to do with the wishes of his son.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.16 In reply to 60227.15 
I don't expect Ted Williams head to be re-attached to his body when the time is ripe for his return. Now maybe if he becomes a walker, he could be an influential voice in baseball. Maybe being a play by play announcer for the Red Sox??
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.17 In reply to 60227.16 
The real question about Ted is will he have to be vaccinated when he returns???
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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60227.18 In reply to 60227.17 
If Ted wants to do anything, he'll have to be fully vaccinated. But once he is, he won't have to wear any masks inside or outside according to the new announcement by the CDC.
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 From:  Carl (SPARTACUS)  
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60227.19 In reply to 60227.18 
That CDC rule might get my Teddy Ballgame back. 

Biden is in trouble so like Cuomo; he will loosen up restrictions. Can anyone tell me the science behind wearing masks outdoor? Apparently per the Times articles, it was based on nothing.
 
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 From:  Razz (RAZZMAN)  
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All this adds fuel to the fire that the CDC doesn't know what the heck they are preaching. Wear masks, don't wear masks, wear double masks, don't wear masks outdoors except around people and now throw away your masks, you are safe!

If this is all based on science, then they should do a lot more research on these matters.

How effective are masks indoors and outdoors in a contaminated environment?

Are the vaccines really protective and can they prevent crossover infections, like what's happening with the J&J shots?

Exactly how is the virus spread? Do we need to keep disinfecting surfaces, washing our hands and keep 6 feet (at least) apart?

So far the CDC keeps waffling on these guidelines.
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