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Dater’s Daily: Jack Eichel Expecting Big Year In Vegas, Penguins Extend Coach



Jack Eichel Vegas

A hot, sunny Tuesday here in Thornton. Two more days left in August, then it’s September. Meaning, there’s hockey not too far away. Let’s do some around-the-horn NHL notes and whatnot, starting with one on Jack Eichel:

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  • The star forward, whose reputation has taken a hit the last couple years over contract stuff and his teams’ lack of performance, is promising a big year in Vegas this time. (
  • Six years ago, when I was the “national” hockey columnist at Bleacher Report, I went to North Chelmsford, Mass., to do a story on the young Jack Eichel, then with the Buffalo Sabres. I never actually talked to Eichel there, or his parents, but I did have one hell of a good eggs benedict breakfast (Bleacher Report)
  • As the story shows, I later caught up with Eichel in Arizona. He’s not a bad guy, but his career hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped. Yet, I do think he’ll have a very strong year with the Golden Knights.
  • Bleacher Report doesn’t do a lot of original reporting anymore, but I’ll always be a Bleacher Report guy and grateful to them. They gave me two years of regular work with a good salary, and I learned a TON about how stories “sell” online. It’s definitely helped me here at Colorado Hockey Now, which gets more traffic covering one team than some sites that cover multiple teams.
  • In a move that surprises me some, the Penguins today extended the contract of coach Mike Sullivan for three years. Dan Kingerski has all the deets (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • Sullivan is a hell of a coach, with two Cup rings on his fingers to prove it. I just wonder if things are, well, just a little too stale with the Penguins at this point. It seems like they’re defiantly trying to show that Father Time doesn’t matter so much with their roster.
  • Vegas, by the way, acquired a new goalie yesterday (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Detroit Hockey Now: Former Red Wings great and Russian loyalist Slava Fetisov hints that Russia may sue the IIHF.
  • Why haven’t the Montreal Canadiens extended the contract of Cole Caulfield yet? (Montreal Hockey Now)
  • Shawn Thornton is high on the Bruins’ chances this season (Boston Hockey Now)
  • The new NHL 23 video game looks interesting (Washington Hockey Now)
  • There’s a new figurine of Nathan MacKinnon that sells for about 56 bucks (Amazon)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Charlie Anderson

What is with that Mackinnon figure? What is that stance? What is that look on his face? wtf XD $57 XDXDXD That’s some expensive weird plastic there. I could maybe see $57 if it was any good.

John Klingenstein

Im an Avs fan through and through, but gotta disagree with your take on the Pens. They were up 3-1 in the series to the Rangers and pretty much dominated that team despite injuries to Crosby, Rakell, Dumoulin, and both their Goalies for most of the series. If they get through that round and had a healthy Jarry, they had a very good chance of beating the Lightning and eventually losing to the Avs in the finals 😛

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