A former teammate of Jack Eichel talks about their relationship

July 29, 2022  (12:21)

Back in 2016, Kyle Okposo left the New York Islanders in free agency and signed with the Buffalo Sabres. He made the decision to move to the Buffalo Sabres after 64 point season with the Islanders, due to the fact that he would most likely be playing with either Jack Eichel or Ryan O'Reilly.

2016 was the famous offseason where many 'VERY BAD' free agent contracts were signed, and for the past few seasons, Okposo was part of that group of contracts. Okposo signed a 7 years with Buffalo for $42 million. While it was mainly due to health issues, which we can completely understand, but when fans see a $6 million cap hit and for 3 straight seasons, Okposo produced less than 30 points, fans were not pleased.
During these seasons, Okposo built some good relationships with teammates, and former captain Jack Eichel.
Okposo had a front-seat view of the brutal treatment of the Eichel situation, where the team would not let Eichel choose his own method of treatment for his injury.
Okposo said that the situation after Eichel left was stressful.
"That situation was very stressful on everybody. I love Jack, he's a good friend of mine. And like obviously, I have a job to do and l'm a Sabres player. Jack and I have had so many conversations and we've
talked about it so much and the only person that's ever gonna be privy to those is Jack. He knows exactly how feel about him. He knows care about him and he knows do anything to help him.

It was just such a difficult situation because for whatever reason, the CBA Was written to where the team had control of the final medical thing. As a person, obviously you're not going to let anyone tell you what to do with your body, right? So it was a rock and a hard place, and I think that Pat came in Pat Brisson, who's my agent he came in, he did a great job at navigating the whole situation. Him and Kevyn worked really closely together to get that done in am amicable way. And I'm so happy that Jack ended up getting the surgery, and now he's healthy. think for our team, and the way that it affected us, Kevyn came in and was very, very honest what was going on, right off the bat. In the locker room, it didn't really affect us too much. Jack wasn't around, which sucked. It sucked not having him around, but we just were kind of focused on playing, and that's what we tried to do"

Okposo joined the boys at Spittin' Chiclets for an interview where he showed his support for Eichel and stated that he cares about him. He knew in the long run that a split was bound to happen but he maintained his relationship regardless.
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A former teammate of Jack Eichel talks about their relationship

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