Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel has not asked to be traded and is preparing for the 2020-21 season with the team, his agent said.
Speculation has been rampant regarding the former No. 2 pick in the NHL draft since he voiced his frustration with the Sabres' losing ways. The Sabres fired general manager Jason Botterill in June and replaced him with Kevyn Adams.
"I hear that (trade talk) a lot," Eichel's agent Peter Fish told TSN reporter Bob McKenzie on Monday. "Jack wants to win, he's frustrated (not winning) but, no, he doesn't want out. Jack is preparing to head to Buffalo at some point here and prepare for the season, whenever that may be. That's all he controls."
The Sabres were not among the 24 teams to qualify for the NHL's return to play this summer and have not played since March, when the coronavirus pandemic forced the halt in the season.
Eichel, 23, held a conference call in May, saying, "It's been a tough couple of months. It's been a tough five years."
"Listen, I'm fed up with the losing and I'm fed up and I'm frustrated," Eichel said. "You know, it's definitely not an easy pill to swallow right now."
Eichel recorded a career-high 36 goals to go along with team-best totals in assists (42) and points (78) in 68 games this past season. He also pieced together a 17-game point streak during the campaign.
Eichel, who was the 2015 Hobey Baker Award recipient as the top men's hockey player in the NCAA while at Boston University, has collected 337 points (137 goals, 200 assists) in 354 career games with the Sabres.
--Field Level Media