SUNRISE, Fla. -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray minced few words and left little doubt when choosing Boston University center Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday at BB&T Center.
After stepping to the podium, Murray looked straight ahead and announced "Buffalo selects Jack Eichel" before dropping the microphone and stepping aside while awaiting his projected star to make his way to the stage.
"It's tough to put into words right now," Eichel said. "Looking back on entire year, it's been the best year of my life, but until you hear your name called and you go on that stage and put a jersey on, there's nothing like it. It's an unbelievable feeling."
After a full season of hearing he would be the first pick, McDavid had to wait a few minutes longer than expected to hear his name called at BB&T Arena.
"They had to introduce everyone, and all the teams with the roll call," McDavid said. "Felt like it was going by so slowly. I just wanted to have that pick called."
It turned out to be worth the wait.
"I think it was even better than I expected," McDavid said. "I didn't know how it would feel. I wasn't too nervous; I was just anxious. Just so excited to hear your name called and go through all that."
Lucic is looking forward to joining the two-time Stanley Cup champion Kings, who could put him at left wing on a line with Anze Kopitar at center and Marian Gaborik at right wing.
"I think that's the most exciting thing about moving from Boston; I get to move on to a team that already knows how to win," Lucic said. "The possibility of playing with two really great players, [Kopitar] and [Gaborik], it's a really great feeling. … I think we're top two or three in the League right now as far as contenders."
O'Reilly, 24, has one year remaining on his contract that carries a $6.0 million salary-cap charge, according to War-on-Ice.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. The Sabres can sign him to a contract extension beginning on July 1.
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Calgary Flames added to their already strong defense with a 22-year-old potential all-star Friday.
Calgary acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins in a trade for their first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2015 NHL Draft and the two second-round picks (Nos. 45 and 52) they previously acquired from the Washington Capitals.
Hamilton can become a restricted free agent on July 1, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said he has been in touch with Hamilton’s agent and is confident they will be able to settle on a contract relatively soon.
Datsyuk sustained ruptured tendons after blocking a shot late in the season and returned from Russia last week to have the procedure, which was done in Charlotte, N.C. He will be in a cast or some form of immobilizing device for 4-6 weeks, according to Holland, who said the surgeon wants to evaluate Datsyuk again in three months.
Though Murray was happy with the return and being able to shed Legwand's $3.5 million salary for the 2015-16 season, he did not like the idea of handing a promising, young goaltender to an Atlantic Division rival. But in order to get the return he wanted, that was the compromise Murray had to make.
Reilly, who played at the University of Minnesota, was chosen in the fourth round (No. 98) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft. He elected not to sign with the Blue Jackets and became an unrestricted free agent June 15 but cannot sign a contract until July 1.
"I've got to try to earn a spot," Reilly told Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune. "There will be learning curves and mistakes, but I'm ready to learn from the older guys."
NASHVILLE -- Veteran center Mike Fisher's plan all along was to re-sign with the Nashville Predators. It was just a matter of putting together a contract that worked for both sides.
Fisher signed a two-year, $8.8 million contract with the Predators on Friday, five days before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He will make $4.8 million next season and $4 million in 2016-17, the Predators said.
Fisher finished the 2014-15 season with 19 goals and 39 points in 59 games.
"I'm happy to be here," Fisher said. "I'm thrilled that I'm going to be part of this great organization for a couple more years. No better place to be than here for me. I'm excited."
It's worth $6.5 million, according to ESPN.com. Toffoli will make $2.6 million next season and $3.9 million in 2016-17.
Toffoli, 23, had NHL career highs of 23 goals and 49 points this season in 76 games. He has 37 goals and 83 points in 148 regular-season games with the Kings, who selected him in the second round (No. 47) of the 2010 NHL Draft.