Reports: Eichel Deal Done

by Kevin Sylvester, Buffalo Sports Page

Numerous reports from all of the hockey insiders have Jack Eichel signing an 8 year extension with the Buffalo Sabres worth $80 million dollars. NBC’s Kathryn Tappen put the hockey world on alert early in the evening with a tweet. The team confirmed via twitter:

My source (learned my lesson calling it a little birdie) told me about the deal back in August, and I told you about it on our radio show on WECK August 26th and here on BSP. I contacted my source again last week, questioning the information since there was still time to announce it in September. My source simply stated “Standing by the deal being done”. At that point, my experience told me to wait and see what happens. Here we are a few days late, but not a dollar short.

 

It should be noted that all sides said the deal was not done until Tuesday night, completing the mega-dollar deal.

Speaking of the dollars, our friends at Spotrac have a good breakdown of what this means to the Sabres cap and where Eichel fits in next year on the NHL’s salary hierarchy.

 

This news is no surprise here, nor is the timing before the season. This deal was never in doubt even before I was told, and told you in August. The Sabres had no leverage, Eichel held all of the cards. The money makes sense based upon his performance, skill level, and other big contracts already on the team (see Ryan O’Reilly). Also important is what Eichel represents to the fans. The fan base suffered through two years of tanks to get a prized player like Eich. There was no way he wasn’t getting paid or walking to another team.

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester has over 20 years of experience in media, working for stations, professional sports teams, leagues, and national broadcast entities. This experience includes being an announcer for NHL, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Hockey, and The PGA Tour. Kevin also served as the producer for the Buffalo Sabres post-game show, executive producer for a Sabres radio show, and started his own media production company, All Square Media LLC in 2008. All Square Media serves as the executive producer of the Tee 2 Green TV and Radio shows (created by Kevin), handling distribution, sponsorship sales, fulfillment, and production of the shows.

Kevin's business background extends beyond broadcasting. He served as the Director of Amateur Athletics for WNY Arena LLC (Key Bank Center in Buffalo), procuring major amateur sporting events for Buffalo, NY. The major highlights include two sold out NCAA Tournaments First and Second Rounds (2007, 2010), and the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championships (Kevin co-wrote the winning bid, and served on the organizing committee for USA Hockey). Kevin created The Duster Challenge in 2016, a local 18 hole putting competition, and serves as an advisor to WNY golf ball company, OnCore Golf.

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