Video: Jack Eichel Opens Up About What Happened in Buffalo

The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night as Jack Eichel returns to Buffalo for the first time since the big trade. Eichel was supposed to be the face of the franchise and their falling out was widely reported and something like we've never seen before in the hockey world. 

Eichel recently met with Emily Kaplan of ESPN and had lots to say about his time with the Sabres and how the breakup unfolded:

I was frustrated. If you think about the reason why you took the captaincy away from me, it was because I didn't agree with you medically. Then you basically told me not to come around for training camp. At that point, it just felt like they were toying with me. So I was just, I was pretty over it. I think about my time in Buffalo, it obviously ended a little bit messy. But I hope (fans) can look past some of the things that happened maybe in the last year and think about the previous five-and-a-half, six years that I was there, and everything that I tried to do for the community, everything that I feel like I put forth on the ice as a hockey player, and know I just tried to do as much as I could for the city

Eichel went on to mention he loved the fan base and has no hard feelings towards them or bitterness towards the franchise. He's unsure what type of reception he'll receive but someone tell him to expect some boos. So far in 10 games with the Golden Knights, the 25-year-old center has recorded seven points and looks to have his legs back under him after being away from the game for almost a full season.

Full Interview with Emily Kaplan of ESPN 

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