By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Reports say that the extension will be worth $80 million. If true, he’ll have an average salary of $10 million.
The Sabres lock up their 20-year-old star just two seasons in the league. He was the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Connor McDavid was the No. 1 overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in that draft. He’s also carrying the highest-average cap hit of any player in the league at a $12.5 million clip from a deal he signed months ago.
Eichel will now be tied with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar with the $10 million average. Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane and center Jonathan Toews, along with Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have an average of $10.5 million per season.
Before striking this deal, he was entering the final season of his entry-level contract. He’s considered one of the best younger players in the league – and this stopped him from becoming a restricted free agent next summer.
This was rumors, going far back as April, that he would not re-sign with the team, as long as head coach Dan Bylsma was the head coach moving forward. Bylsma and then-general manager Tim Murray were both fired on the same day.
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