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Sabres’ Jack Eichel Prepared To Play Season Out Without Long-Term Contract

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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.”

Buffalo GM Jason Botterill stated that he’d like to re-sign Eichel for eight years, the maximum contract term permitted by the NHL.

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Sabres Acquire Conor Sheary, Matt Hunwick From Penguins

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The Buffalo Sabres have landed both forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as announced on Wednesday.

Buffalo will send Pittsburgh a conditional 2019 4th-round draft pick in return.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is no salary being retained in the deal.

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Eight Teams Reach Out to Blues’ Carter Hutton

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Carter Hutton is quite the popular guy as the free agent has been contacted by 8 teams since the UFA interview period officially opened on Sunday, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

Among the team to reach out are the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, and the New York Islanders, with 4 other teams still a relative mystery.

Hutton posted a record of 17-7-3 with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage this past season for the Blues.

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Sabres’ Jack Eichel Excited About Potential Addition of Rasmus Dahlin

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The Buffalo Sabres are celebrating their victory at the NHL Draft Lottery, which netted them the #1 overall pick and the opportunity to use that pick on Swedish generational defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

One current Sabre, Jack Eichel, is particularly excited about his potential new teammate.

“Obviously, it’s tough to say that we’re excited to have him because we haven’t drafted him yet, but if we were to get a player named Rasmus Dahlin, I think it would be great for our team, our city,” Eichel said, according to John Vogl of The Buffalo News. “After the season that we had, it was a tough one, and just trying to build that excitement again for next year. I think that’s just another piece to it.”

“I’ve seen him play and I’ve talked to a few guys about him,” Eichel said. “Obviously, he’s got some pretty incredible highlights. It seems like he’s a special, special player.”

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