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Eichel thrown under the bus by Vegas HC Bruce Cassidy


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At the time that he signed that contract… He was expected and assumed to be 100+ Point player.

 

in 2023, that same money… Is around a point a game. Points wise he’s not that far off. As long as he continues to stay healthy… He will pretty much be that. But he also has to have the talent around him. he can’t do it on his own. Few players can

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20 minutes ago, GoPuckYourself said:

I wonder why we still talk about Eichel, we want to see a guy fail that bad because he left Buffalo? Very strange. 

If you want to tell yourself that, go ahead. But he was the once in a lifetime that the Sabres we're fools to get rid of. At least that's what the experts said.

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21 minutes ago, GoPuckYourself said:

I wonder why we still talk about Eichel, we want to see a guy fail that bad because he left Buffalo? Very strange. 

Hell hath no fury like a Buffalo fan scorned 

 

(even is said scorn wasn’t deserved) 

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Just now, Eleven said:

Isn't Cassidy somewhat well-known for using the media to "motivate" his players?  Or trying to?

Can anyone recall anyone from coaching or management questioning Eichel in this fashion ever during his Buffalo stint?

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7 minutes ago, inkman said:

Hell hath no fury like a Buffalo fan scorned 

 

(even is said scorn wasn’t deserved) 

Buffalo was a terrible situation that sucked the will from any good player. I'm sure there's an entirely different reason why Jack is underperforming in Vegas.

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There are plenty of legit reasons to be interested in Eichel drama:

- It bears on whether KA made the right call in moving on from him -- and thus on whether KA has the right stuff to make important decisions for the franchise.

- It bears on how good Eichel actually is -- not just how skilled, but actually how much he actually contributes to the team winning -- and thus whether the return we got for him in trade was a good return -- and thus how good KA is at obtaining good returns in trades.

- It bears on the wisdom of betting the franchise on one guy, which is what the Sabres decided to do when they burned everything to the ground to get him.

- It bears on how important character, as opposed to skill, is when evaluating a player -- although admittedly this assumes that Eichel's character isn't as good as his skill, which could be wrong.

- As noted upthread by @Getpucksdeep, it bears on fantasy hockey, which is really important.

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