2015 Number Two Pick in the NHL, Jack Eichel has said that the team management and the player should work in tandem in case of injuries. He said that that new clauses should give players more say about how they want their bodies to be treated. He thinks such a collaboration would help a player feel more wanted.
Jack was traded from Buffalo Braves to Vegas Golden Knights just recently. He wanted to infuse an artificial disk in his herniated neck while the Braves management wanted fusion surgery considering that an artificial disk has not been used in the league. Knights are going to allow Jack to undergo the artificial disk replacement so they called the shots for him. Eichel may take three months more just to get back in practise so is return looks long away.
I think there are things that can be changed in our CBA, and I hope that they are in the future I don't necessarily agree with the team having the full say in medical treatment. I think it should be a collaboration. I don't know when the changes will be.. we obviously just renegotiated our CBA a year ago.. but I wanted to stand up for what I believed in. As a player, you appreciate that. As a player it makes you feel wanted.
Jack Eichel, Centerman, Vegas Golden Knights