Sabres, Eichel agree to 8-year extension

Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel (15) celebrates with Cal O'Reilly (19) after O'Reilly scored during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– It’s a done deal!

The Sabres and star center Jack Eichel have agree to an 8-year, $80 million contract extension.

Eichel scored 24 goals in each of his first two seasons in the league.

Last season Eichel became the 4th player in franchise history to lead the team in points before turning 21.

During a Wednesday conference, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said one of the reasons he took the job was because of Eichel.

Eichel spoke along with Botterill, saying he never imagined he would have the opportunity to play hockey for a living. He thanked Kim and Terry Pegula for putting trust in him.

Botterill said the Sabres will not name a captain to start the season.

The general manager said there was compromise on both sides regarding Eichel’s contract extension. With a laugh, Eichel said he knew he was going to make a lot of money.

Eichel’s contract agreement was emotional. He says he thought about everything he has been through in life.

The Sabres open the season on Thursday when they host Montreal.

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