The Buffalo Sabres have only played four games this NHL season and already their brightest star sounds pretty upset. With his team jumping out to a 0-3-1 start, 20-year-old Jack Eichel wasted little time publicly stating that he’s tired of losing.
“We’ve got to just figure a way to be sick of losing. I know I’m sick of losing. There’s a lot of guys that are sick of losing. There’s a difference between playing hard and playing hard and smart. We’ve got to execute our game all the way through the lineup, myself included.”
Eichel, who has publicly said he’s sick of losing in the past, has yet to skate with a winning team in the NHL. Eichel joined the Sabres in 2015 and the club has been a garbage fire in each of his first two full seasons. They’ve finished seventh and eighth in the Atlantic, respectively.
The Sabres did make some major moves over the summer, firing general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. The moves were mostly well-received. Fans and players alike hoped that the front office shake-up would finally cause the team to find some victories. It’s early, but so far nothing has really panned out.
Still, Eichel is at least trying to sound optimistic. He better considering he just signed a massive eight-year extension worth $80 million.
“We all need to relax. We have a lot of good players on this team. It will come. It will come. It’s frustrating it’s not coming right now. We want to see results. We’re working hard but sometimes working hard is not enough.”
There’s plenty of time for the Sabres to turn things around, but fans have to wonder about Eichel’s future – extension aside – should the team keep losing.