Orlando Sentinel

Sabres’ Eichel to report for physical

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Sabres captain Jack Eichel will travel to Buffalo for his pre-training camp physical this week amid questions of whether he’ll be cleared to play, and his future with the team in limbo, The AP reported Saturday night. The Sabres are conducting player physicals Wednesday, a day before training camp opens. Eichel has been sidelined since March with a herniated disk. The injury has created a rift between the player and the team over how it should be treated. Eichel favors having artificial disk replacemen­t surgery. The Sabres are against that because it has never been performed on an NHL player. Should Eichel fail his physical, the Sabres would be left with the option of placing him on injured reserve or long-term injured reserve because the injury is hockey related. Had Eichel elected to not report for camp, the Sabres would have had the option to suspend the player. The difference of opinion over how to treat the injury led to Eichel questionin­g whether he wants to continue playing for the Sabres, who have been actively shopping the 24-year-old face of their franchise.

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