NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 20, 2017

by | Aug 20, 2017 | News, NHL

Jack Eichel hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres.

Updates on Jack Eichel, Paul Byron and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Center Jack Eichel hopes to get a long-term contract extension signed with the Buffalo Sabres before training camp opens next month. “I’ve made it clear that I want to be a Sabre. I want to be in Buffalo when we start winning,” he said.

Eichel hopes to sign an eight-year. His camp could seek $10 million per season but the Sabres could prefer something around $9 million annually. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite missing the first 21 games of last season to an ankle injury, Eichel put up 57 points in 61 games for the Sabres. He could reach 80-plus points in 2017-18. If the Sabres wait until next summer to re-sign him, the price could be higher. Perhaps they’ll split the difference and he gets $9.5 million annually. 

SPORTSNET: Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron and his kids went skateboarding yesterday with Tony Hawk. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Bridgestone Arena,, home of the Nashville Predators, will undergo renovations, including upgrading the Preds’ dressing room. 

NBC SPORTS: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during yesterday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs.