Jordan Eberle had a difficult season at times in 2016-17. You can understand why having a skilled winger to perhaps play alongside center John Tavares — at least that’s the expectation prior to training camp — would be intriguing for head coach Doug Weight as the new season approaches. “Jordan, to me, is really, really exciting,” Weight recently told the NHL Network.
“I know some teams that have kind of talked and taken a look at it,” said Elliotte Friedman on the NHL Network (H/T to FanRag Sports). Friedman also heard teams suggesting that Anaheim might be interested in Jagr, but based on his own investigation that doesn’t appear to be the case. Ultimately Jagr might end up starting the season in the Czech Republic and would have the option of playing in the Olympics if that happens, but even if he does begin the year in Europe, he could still re-sign with an NHL squad later on in the 2017-18 campaign.
Evander Kane upped his numbers for the third straight season and nearly hit 30 goals, Jack Eichel did the same en route to talks of a big-money contract extension this summer and the Buffalo Sabres found themselves far more competitive, at least on paper, than the lowest tier of non-playoff teams in 2016-17. Evander Kane and the Sabres had the numbers in 2016-17, but they need the wins this upcoming season. Coming up short (again) proved to be the final failure for the Sabres management, as both general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma , just three years removed from a playoff trip and four years removed from a conference finals appearance with the Pittsburgh Penguins , were axed.