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Sabres Links: Eichel excited to come to Buffalo, O'Reilly's big presence, B's trade Hamilton

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Yesterday was an enormous day for the Sabres on many fronts. Take a deep breath, let it all soak in. The Sabres now have Eichel, O'Reilly, Girgensons and Reinhart at center.

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Sabres Links

  • Buffalo finally made it official, selecting Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the draft [Sabres.com]
  • The Sabres acquired Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn for Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, JT Compher and their first second-round pick [NHL.comMile High Hockey]
  • In his introductory press conference Eichel was non-committal about whether or not he'll leave Boston University [Sabres TV]
  • The Sabres opened their day by moving the 21st pick to Ottawa for Robin Lehner and David Legwand [TSNSilver Seven Sens]
  • Eichel said he's glad to finally be a part of the Sabres officially with the Sabres Hockey Hotline hosts [WGR 550]
  • Eichel talked one-on-one again with Brian Duff [Sabres TV]
  • He also spoke with Linda Cohn of ESPN, a testament to his superstar presence out of the gate [ESPN]
  • Scott Cullen statistically broke down the Lehner trade, and ruled that the Sabres had to pay the price for their guy [TSN]
  • Cullen also ruled on the O'Reilly deal, which he sided with Buffalo as the winners [TSN]
  • Sabres coach Dan Bylsma discussed the Sabres moves, and sounds absolutely giddy [Sabres TV]
  • Sabres moves make the team instant contenders [NHL.com]
  • Brennan: Senators should have moved Craig Anderson instead of Lehner [Ottawa Sun]
  • The Senators gave an inside look into what a trade call sounds like with the Lehner deal [Senators.com]

Around The League

  • The Bruins traded Dougie Hamilton to the Flames for three picks [TSN]
  • Boston followed the Hamilton trade by moving Milan Lucic to the Kings for Martin Jones, a prospect and a pick [TSN]
  • The Kings signed Tyler Toffoli to a two-year bridge contract [LA Times]
  • The Islanders sent Griffin Reinhart, Sam's brother to the Oilers for two picks [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Los Angeles will not be able to retain Andrej Sekera according to ESPN's Craig Custance [Twitter]
  • Five different teams unveiled new jerseys at the draft [Sportslogos.net]