BUFFALO- The Buffalo Sabres and star forward Jack Eichel have begun preliminary discussions on a contract extension, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Eichel has one year left on his entry-level deal, which will pay him a base salary of $925,000 this season.
The 20-year-old is in line for a big pay day (eventually), but he cannot sign an extension until July 1.
Meanwhile, the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft is about to be one rich man.
Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers are closing in on an 8-year contract extension with an AAV of $13.25 million.
Eichel will not get that type of money, but he will likely surpass Ryan O'Reilly ($7.5 million) as the highest paid player on the team.
Sabres fans can wave goodbye to goalie Cal Petersen.
The former Sabres prospect is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Kings, according to Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West.
Petersen was a fifth round pick by the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft. He went on to become a star at Notre Dame and was a Hobey Baker Award nominee.
Petersen had the option this month to sign with the Sabres or go to free agency and choose his best option. He opted for the open market and, as it appears, the west coast.
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