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Sabres Links: Eichel named College Player of the Year, Murray addresses questions, Babcock meets media

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Eichel has already become quite the decorated player, and he added to his list of awards yesterday. In Buffalo, the Sabres are moving forward with their coaching search.

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Sabres Links

  • Jack Eichel was named the College Player of the Year by USA Hockey [USAHockey.com]
  • The Sabres received permission from the Penguins to interview Dan Bylsma according to ESPN's Craig Custance [Twitter]
  • Tim Murray spoke with Schopp and The Bulldog yesterday about MIke Babcock, the coaching search and Jack Eichel. It's definitely a must listen, as the Sabres GM was rather candid about the situation [WGR 550]
  • Babcock met the media for the first time since his decision. He had nothing bad to say about the Sabres, Tim Murray or the Pegulas and said he and the Sabres never had a deal [Buffalo News]
  • Dave Hodge: Babcock's decision does wonders for reigniting the Sabres/Leafs rivalry [TSN]
  • Babcock's courtship was just bad timing [Kuklas Corner]

Around The League

  • Anaheim defeated Chicago 2-1 to take the lead in the series [NHL.com]
  • Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Jeff Blashill will be the first interview for their head coaching spot, and could be the only interview [Twitter]
  • Alexander Burmistrov is returning to the NHL from Russia [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Speaking of Russia, the KHL is interested in expanding to China [AP]