HASH(0xb41758)

AP source: Sabres’ Eichel misses out on $2 million bonus

AP source: Sabres' Eichel misses out on $2 million bonus

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The mere hair of a fraction — 0.005 to be exact — is what separated Sabres forward Jack Eichel from cashing in on a $2 million contract performance bonus clause.

The second-year player would have been due the bonus had he finished among the NHL’s top 10 in points per game production this season, a person with direct knowledge of Eichel’s entry-level contract confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract clause has not been made public.

Eichel had 57 points in 61 games to finish 11th by averaging 0.934 points per game. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl edged him out in finishing 10th by averaging 0.939 points per game with 77 points in 82 games. Draisaitl passed Eichel with a goal and assist in the Oilers’ 5-2 season-ending win against Vancouver on Sunday.

CapFriendly.com first reported the clause in Eichel’s contract.

Though he didn’t mention the bonus, Eichel was clearly frustrated in assessing the Sabres’ inconsistent season that extended their franchise-record playoff drought to six seasons.

“Season’s over. That’s all you’re thinking about,” Eichel said, a day after Buffalo closed with a 4-2 loss at Florida. “It’s tough, yeah. You’re not where you want to be.”

And he had a blunt response when reminded he came close to being a point-a-game player.

“I wasn’t though,” Eichel said.

The Sabres selected Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft out of Boston University, and after he became the nation’s second freshman to win college hockey’s Hobey Baker Award. He made the immediate jump to the NHL as a 19-year-old and finished with 24 goals and 56 assists in 81 games.

Eichel got off to a difficult start this past season. He missed the first 21 games after spraining his left ankle in practice a day before Buffalo’s season opener against Montreal.

Though still bothered by the ankle injury upon his return in late November, Eichel closed the season with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in his final 40 games.

Eichel believes he can be much better.

“I think that I haven’t scratched the surface of where I can be,” he said. “But I played pretty good at times.”

___

For more NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey

John Wawrow, The Associated Press

Just Posted

Peanut Butter Campaign supports local food banks

Both Save On Foods in Fernie and Overwaitea in Sparwood participated in… Continue reading

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Rumble In The Rockies brings live boxing back to Fernie

Local boxer, Dylan Mitchell takes first career win at home

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

New Denver emergency ward to remain 24/7

Interior Health says it’s postponing changes to operating hours.

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Most Read