Sabres captain Jack Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview session with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday. Year after year, fans have been promised that the future will be brighter and that the younger players will come up and help turn things around. "I want to win a Stanley Cup every time I start a season".
While Edmonton's season has McDavid much more pleased with the direction of the Oilers, Eichel will likely need a similar season next year, or else the Sabres may face losing their face of the franchise.
Instead, Sabres players hailed Krueger as the man who helped fix a lot of what has ailed the team over numerous past seasons.
Eichel made sure to credit the signs of progress the team showed under first-year coach Ralph Krueger, Buffalo's third in five seasons.
"Teams are gaining valuable, valuable [playoff] experience as a group", said Eichel.
Eichel, 23, has missed the playoffs in each of his five National Hockey League seasons, starting with his 2015-16 rookie year. Buffalo finished 13th in Eastern Conference with a.493 points percentage, and was edged out by Montreal (.500) for the final spot. "And we're not one of them". But nothing's worked thus far - at least not to the point to give Eichel and Co. a shot at postseason play - and you have the feeling that another did-not-qualify may push Eichel over the edge and lead to him asking for a trade.
Eichel, 23, recorded a career-high 36 goals to go along with team-best totals in assists (42) and points (78) in 68 games this season. I've already started to prepare for next season. He said there is a lingering issue as a result of the injury, which he intends to take care of soon. When I began coaching him and I was the leader of that room, he was somebody who wanted to be traded and now he has embraced our path and he was all in on our pathway this year.
"If I think about my whole career in Buffalo and before I came to Buffalo, I'm not sure if I've ever been part of a team where's there's been a winning culture", Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen said. But yeah, I'm definitely not in the best place with the last moment he was and he's definitely worn on me.
"But I have really enjoyed my time in Buffalo, and it's home for me".
Bob Kulick Dies: Guitarist For Kiss, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed Was 70
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