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Sabres Links: Eichel introduced, O'Reilly extension close, McGinn to wear #88

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The Sabres may not have signed any big-name free agents yesterday, but they did lock up the most important player in the entire organization to an entry-level deal.

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Sabres Links

  • Jack Eichel signed his entry-level contract yesterday, and was introduced alongside Tim Murray [Buffalo News]
  • You can watch Eichel's full press conference here [Sabres TV]
  • The Sabres have a full photo gallery of Eichel walking around First Niagara Center and his introductory press conference [Sabres.com]
  • Pierre Lebrun and Bob McKenzie both reported that the Sabres are very close to signing Ryan O'Reilly, likely for seven years and at least $7.5 million [Twitter]
  • Dan Bylsma talked following Eichel's signing about what he's seen in the young center's play [Sabres TV]
  • Eichel also spoke with Brian Duff in another 1-on-1 before meeting the rest of the media [Sabres TV]
  • Jamie McGinn joined Sabres Hockey Hotline to talk about joining Buffalo, announces that he'll be wearing #88 [WGR 550]
  • Harrington: A new era in Sabres history begins on June 1st [Buffalo News]
  • The Sabres added Matt Donovan and Jason Akeson on the first day of free agency [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

Around The League

  • Toronto Traded Phil Kessel to the Penguins for a first-round pick and two prospects [TSN]
  • Former Sabre Zack Kassian was traded to the Canadiens for Brandon Prust and a pick [Montreal Gazette]