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Sabres sign 20-year-old Eichel to huge extension

Center agrees to 8-year, $80 million deal

The Buffalo Sabres signed center Jack Eichel to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old is now the highest-paid player in franchise history. 

Eichel was the second overall pick in the 2015 draft after the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, who inked his own eight-year extension worth $100 million this summer. 

In 61 games last season, Eichel had 24 goals and 33 assists. An ankle injury delayed his start to the season last year. As a rookie, he had 24 goals and 32 assists in 81 games as a teenager in 2015-16. 

Eichel finished 11th in the NHL with 0.93 points per game and led the league with 4.1 shots per game last season while also leading the Sabres in points.


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