Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is willing to play the final season of his three-year, entry-level contract without an extension, he told WGR Sports Radio in Buffalo on Tuesday. "I have no problem playing the year out - if that happens, it happens," Eichel said. "I'm pretty adamant about staying a Sabre and staying in Buffalo, but it's not something I can really control. I can just control my play. I want to bring some new excitement to this town and the contract thing will take care of itself." Eichel and the Sabres are reportedly negotiating an eight-year extension that would begin in 2018-19. His current contract has an NHL salary-cap charge of $925,000. "I know where we stand, I know where the Sabres stand," said Eichel, who told the Lowell Sun in remarks published Aug. 18 that he and the Sabres were negotiating. "If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. I have no problem playing the season out and just try to earn whatever." Eichel was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft behind Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid won the NHL scoring title (100 points) and the Hart Trophy as League MVP last season, and signed an eight-year, $100 million contract extension ($12.5 million average annual value) on July 5. Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, the No. 3 pick in 2014, signed an eight-year, $68 million extension ($8.5 million AAV) on Aug. 16.
Eichel has 'no problem playing year out' with Sabres
NHL.com | Sep 5