With NHL training camps opening in just under one month, the Buffalo Sabres and captain Jack Eichel remain at an impasse. And even the league and players' association have not been able to help find a resolution, yet.
According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, a meeting was held just under two weeks ago between the NHL, NHLPA, Sabres, Eichel and some medical professionals to give everyone a chance to present their side of the issue. But everyone ultimately parted ways again without agreeing to a solution.
"I think it was Wednesday, (Aug.) 18, there was a big meeting in Buffalo. The league was there, the players' association was there, Eichel was there, his reps were there — that was still when he was with Peter Fish — and the Sabres were obviously there," Friedman said on the latest episode of the 31 Thoughts Podcast. "I'm not sure if the doctors were there in person or via Zoom, I don't know that 100 per cent, but I think everybody put their cards on the table. I think the players' association wanted to hear everything first hand and I think the league wanted to hear everything first hand. And basically what I heard was there was no resolution. As a matter of fact, I heard everybody was still pretty dug in."