Ouch, Sabres now expect Eichel to miss 6-8 weeks

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Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray’s updated recovery window for Jack Eichel makes an unfortunate situation that much gloomier.

Murray places the time frame at six-to-eight weeks, according to reporters including NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin. A day ago, reports were in the more optimistic four-to-six week range.

That might not seem like a big deal, but a couple weeks could make a big difference for a team hoping to make a difficult step forward like Buffalo.

WGR’s Paul Hamilton reports that Murray isn’t working the phones to make a trade in reaction to Eichel’s absence … yet. He wants to see how the Sabres fare without Eichel first.

This moment from tonight’s game seems less comical now (after getting some Twitter laughs):

Hey, Tim Murray, at least you signed a contract extension today, right?