The Buffalo Sabres haven’t made any progress of late in their efforts to sign Jack Eichel to a long-term contract extension.
In the event that a long-term deal cannot be reached, Eichel is prepared to play the season out.
Eichel’s agent, Peter Donatelli, discussed Eichel’s position in an interview Matthew Bove of WKBW.
“Right now, Jack is planning on starting the season,” Donatelli said.
“Whether or not he has a contract extension prior to the season, we do not know and is not his main focus going into camp.”
“I have no problem playing the year out,” Eichel told Paul Hamilton of WGR 550, according to Bove.
“I’m adamant about staying a Sabre, I want to bring some new excitement to this town and the contract thing will take care of itself.
“I look at myself to be one of the leaders on this team and a guy that’s going to push this organization to the next level. So I’ve got to be a guy that everybody leans on and I’ve got to be better on and off the ice.”
Sabres Name Jack Eichel Captain
The Buffalo Sabres have named Jack Eichel team captain, becoming the 28th captain in franchise history and the first player to wear the ‘C’ since Brian Gionta did from 2014 to 2017, as the team did not name a captain last season.
Eichel signed an eight-year, $80-million contract extension last season and has led Buffalo in points each of the last 2 years.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 3, 2018
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Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.
Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.
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Reinhart set new career highs in games played (82), goals (25), points (50), power-play goals (12) and power-play points (21) during the 2017-18 regular season.
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