When Jack Eichel was still a member of the Sabres at the conclusion of the NHL draft on Saturday, General Manager Kevyn Adams left the door ajar for the team's captain and top-line center to remain in Buffalo.
"I would have no problem at all if Jack Eichel is on our team when we start training camp," Adams said when asked by The Buffalo News if Eichel could remain with the Sabres. "I have said this before and I’ll say it again: If we are in a position that we believe will help our franchise, not just short term but for the long term in building this out, building around a core and the foundation of critical assets, then we’d be open and looking at it. If we didn’t have that on the table or don’t think that makes sense, then we won’t do something."
It did not take long for Eichel's representatives to slam the door shut.
Eichel's agents, Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli, told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Sunday that every conversation between them and the Sabres is based around finding a different team for Eichel, who has five years remaining on a contract that counts $10 million against the salary cap each season.