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The deal is done. Jack Eichel has signed an eight-year, deal with the Buffalo Sabres. The deal is expected to be worth about $10 million per season, but final numbers are not yet available.

Many anticipated the contract. According to an August 2nd report from The Associated Press, Eichel was said to be negotiating this eight year contract with the club. The report indicated that the deal has been in the works for quite some time.

From the report: “The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the talks have been private since formal negotiations began a little over a month ago.”

Jack Eichel Signs Eight Year Contract with Buffalo Sabres

Eichel, 20, led all Buffalo Sabres last season in scoring with 24 goals, 33 assists, 57 points in 61 games. He missed the first two months to injury.

While Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the earlier AP report, he did tell TSN that there’s a mutual interest in keeping Eichel in Buffalo for a long time.

Jack Eichel was selected second overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft behind current reigning Hart trophy winner Connor McDavid, who just received his own eight-year deal from the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid will become the top paid NHL player with an annual salary of $12.5 million per season. It’s too early to say how close the future salary of Eichel will be in Buffalo, whether it nears the range McDavid hits or goes underneath what NHL veterans Carey Price, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane receive at $10.5 million per season.

Eichel was rumoured to be in a feud with former Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma, with reports alleging that number 15 would not sign with the Sabres if Bylsma was still behind the bench. Eichel denied the report, but Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray were fired in the 2016-2017 off season. Dan Bylsma has been replaced behind the bench by former Nashville Predators assistant coach and former Sabres defenceman Phil Housley. This deal is the signature move for new general manager Jason Botterill this off-season

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