Edited Jul. 31, 2021 at 11:16 a.m.
Are they actually legally able to prevent him from getting surgery? Because I don’t see why he can’t just get it now, and whatever team he’s on in the fall has to deal with it.
What kind of repercussions do you think there could be for Eichel if he just went and got the surgery? Like I'm sure it gives the Sabres grounds to terminate his contract, but that does more harm to the Sabres than Eichel. Wonder what other type of action he could face if he just said 'screw it'.
Rangers: "Free Eichel? Don't mind if I do. Here, could you take a cut? Like 18.5 you can have. Ok?"
It would likely terminate his contract and he could get fined. I’m not 100% knowledgeable but if remember correctly;
A player CANNOT do things contractually otherwise it voids their contract. So for example if a player gets injured due to a motorbike accident: firstly the player I think has to consult the team before going motor biking and secondly it can cause legal issues since most contracts have guidelines for players of what they can and can’t do.
I would assume the same follows for medicals. You cannot just go get an invasive surgery otherwise it voids your contract. Sure you could go get a massage somewhere, but going to a unapproved chiropractor or a surgeon would likely void your contract as you’re beaching the agreement. I would heavily assume it could result in a major fine or contractual termination (where he loses all the money owed to him).
Both his surgery and the Sabres own surgery both come with pros and cons… it’s gonna be interesting because he can only get 1 surgery and we don’t know what’s gonna work or not work.
Very Similar to the McDavid situation:
McDavid and his camp were told by 3 doctors he needed surgery. And that his career was at a risk. Both team and camp were aware.
Mcdavid and his camp were contacted by 1 doctor/ physician/ someone and did rehab instead and the Oilers approved it and worked with everyone and as we see it worked wonderfully and Mcdavid was the first guy to fix that injury through rehab.