The big defenseman, an upcoming unrestricted free agent this summer, was a hot name in the rumor mill prior to Wednesday’s deadline, but Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin opted to keep his team together for a run at the playoffs and will deal with Bouwmeester’s future another day.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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