The Buffalo Sabres were officially eliminated from the playoffs for the ninth straight season this week and captain Jack Eichel has had enough.

“I’m fed up with the losing and I’m fed up and I’m frustrated,” Eichel said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I’m a competitor, I want to win every time I go out onto the ice, I want to win the Stanley Cup every time I start a season.”

The Sabres finished the pandemic shortened season with a 30-31-8 record but will not be among the 24-teams returning to play if the NHL is able to conclude the 2019-20 post-season. The Montreal Canadiens, who with a 31-31-9 record was just above the Sabres in the standings, will get to play under the format announced earlier this week.

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