Peter Fish, Jack Eichel’s agent, is denying a report claiming that Eichel won’t sign a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres if Dan Bylsma remains as head coach. Apparently multiple sources have claimed the same thing.
“I don’t know where anyone is getting these reports, but they are ridiculous in a word,” Peter Fish told The Buffalo News.
“Jack, he left Buffalo, he thought he had a real good meeting with coach Bylsma and a real good meeting with Murray,” Fish said. “When he got home to Boston, he was genuinely excited with the thoughts that maybe they’re just a few players away from getting into the playoffs.”
“We hope to be having talks with Tim Murray when the time is right here, and … (Eichel would) like nothing better than to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo because it’s a great city. They’re a passionate fan base. A lot of fans are a lot like Jack in the way he grew up in his family.”
“So I just don’t know where this is coming from, and quite frankly it’s someone who’s got an axe to grind for some reason who doesn’t know him and doesn’t understand him.”
Eichel and Bylsma have been rumored to have differences of opinion all season, though General Manager Tim Murray made it clear recently that he hoped to lock up Eichel long-term this summer.
Jack Eichel just finished the second season of his three-year contract and coach Bylsma has three years left on his five-year agreement.