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Jack Eichel’s Role In Buffalo

from Leo Roth of the Democrat & Chronicle,

The role Eichel, the team’s brooding 20-year-old superstar, played in the firing of GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma will no doubt be overestimated — and underestimated — by the time the dust settles on this latest fooling-nobody try by drowning owners Terry and Kim Pegula to let everyone know they won’t stand for losing and got it all figured out.

But wherever the truth lies, Eichel has blood on his hands.

The Pegulas, who have acted very amateurish in their opinion-seeking from players they seem to moon over, had to have been influenced by media reports and firsthand knowledge that Eichel, the face of their sunken franchise, wasn’t enamored with Bylsma as coach.

But refuse to sign a contract extension this summer?

The money he’ll be getting could pave a road from Boston to L.A. and certainly smooth over his feelings about the head coach and his pedestrian tactics. And if the Sabres didn’t end their six-year playoff drought next year, Bylsma would be gone anyway.

None of that matters now but one thing remains: Eichel’s new reputation as a coach killer (with GMs as collateral damage).

As the “savior" of the franchise who undercut his coach, threw teammates under the bus and pouted before the media after missing a $2 million bonus by the smallest of percentage points for not finishing in the Top 10 of points-per-game scoring in the NHL, the only way Eichel lives this down is to deliver a Stanley Cup to the starving hockey masses of western New York.


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WingedRider's avatar

None of that matters now but one thing remains: Eichel’s new reputation as a coach killer (with GMs as collateral damage).

Once again Eichel shows his true colors

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/20/17 at 06:53 PM ET


Jeff Blashill, this happens to be one of your poster boys for ” elite talent”, quit overlooking the ” elite talent” on your own team. The only reason they’re not considered “elite” yet is, look in the mirror, that’s correct, you. You’ve held their talent in check by, limiting their ice time, no set lines, limited or no PP time and most of all a consistent losing game strategy.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/20/17 at 09:30 PM ET

Chet's avatar

nothing in this entry has anything to do with Detroit. Wtf

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/20/17 at 11:29 PM ET


Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on     You’re absolutely correct, other than earlier in the year I heard Jeff refer to Eichel a few times that pissed me off. Since KK is a good indicator of what fans are saying can only hope he sees this post or one like it. You would think after two lousy years KH and Blashill might notice the Grimm Reaper in the background.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/21/17 at 01:58 AM ET

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