Is an Eichel contract extension coming soon?

‘”It’s an ongoing process for the Sabres and Peter Fish and the agency that represents Jack Eichel,” said TSN’s Darren Dreger with The Instigators on Friday. “There’s a willingness and an eagerness, I would say, from both sides to get something done.”‘

Former Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell retires

‘Campbell, 38, was drafted by the Sabres with the 156th pick of the 1997 NHL Draft. In 1999, Campbell made his Sabres debut but didn’t become a regular on the roster until 2000-2001.’

Sabres add Chris Hajt to coaching staff

‘Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, where he helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup Championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.’

Camp offered first look at Sabres’ approach to development

‘”It’s a wonderful hockey market,” Sexton said. “We have an organization that needs some work, but we are not going to rest until we restore the Americans to what I think is their rightful place amongst the elite teams in the American Hockey League. It’ll come one day at a time; it’ll come one person at a time, but we will be relentless in our pursuit of that success.”‘

Bucky Gleason: How much and how long for Eichel? McDavid’s contract provides hints

‘No fewer than five of their nine highest-paid players – Ryan O’Reilly ($11 million), Jason Pominville ($5.6 million), Zach Bogosian ($5.1 million), Matt Moulson ($5 million) and Josh Gorges ($3.9 million) – were overpaid last season.’

Inside the NHL: Lots of Sabres summer takeaways from development camp and beyond

‘Mittelstadt mania — Botterill’s first No. 1 draft pick was downright dominant at times. And as much fun as it was for the fans and front office to watch him, Casey Mittelstadt said he was blown away by “every employee that we’ve been in touch with” during the camp.’

Sabres will host prospects tournament at HarborCenter

‘It’s the third year for the round-robin event, as each team will play the other three participating squads.’

Sabres prospect Marcus Davidsson wishes he attended NHL Draft

‘“I didn’t know that I was going to go in the 30s, actually,” Davidsson said Saturday following the first session of development camp inside HarborCenter. “I kind of regretted it afterwards. It would’ve been much fun to be there.”’

Sabres announce the return of the Prospects Challenge

‘The tournament starts on Friday, September 8 with the first round of games, and will conclude on Monday, September 11. Each team will play three games during the tournament with an off day on Sunday, September 10.’

Weissbach enjoyed his first development camp with the Sabres

‘”As for everyone, it takes a little bit of time before you get adjusted to the lifestyle of the game,” Weissbach said following the French Connection 3-on-3 Tournament at Buffalo Sabres development camp on Tuesday. “Once I did that, I think it all got to me pretty fast. After that, I started playing my game more and more and it all ended well.”‘

A look back at development camp

‘That gave Asplund two winners in his first two games (the other came in a shootout) and from that point on, Team White really went on a run with victories of 3-0, 2-0, and 3-1 to claim the French Connection Trophy with a perfect 5-0 record.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Toby Petersen named Amerks assistant coach (

Malone hopes to make good mark on Sabres’ new coaching staff

‘Since Malone was drafted four years ago, the Sabres have had three general managers and four head coaches.’

Eichel won’t make McDavid money, but what will a long-term extension cost Sabres?

‘So, where would that put Eichel? Well, with a $75-million cap for the coming campaign, Eichel’s deal would be worth $8.25 million per season, which seems like a fitting starting point for a new contract for Eichel. He hasn’t yet earned his way into 16 percent-plus category that McDavid has now created, but, given his ceiling, Eichel is certainly worth more than the roughly $6 million per season that many young players, such as Filip Forsberg or Sean Monahan, are inking on their second deals.’

Sabres could lock up Jack Eichel with a deal similar to Connor McDavid’s extension

‘The Sabres are apparently on the fast track to locking up the 20-year-old Eichel, who is entering the final season of his three-year contract. And a potential extension, according to, could mirror the $12.5 million average that Connor McDavid landed in Edmonton earlier this month.’