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News and notes from Wednesday's practice

Eichel leads stretch; Sabres acquire Redmond

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

As practiced opened and players began their stretch at HarborCenter on Wednesday morning, Jason Pominville took it upon himself to nudge Jack Eichel toward the center of the circle. 

It was the team's first practice since Eichel signed an 8-year, $80 million extension on Tuesday night, and Pominville thought it was only right. 

"He should be in there," Pominville said. "I think I everyone was kind of telling him to go in there and giving him a push to go in there. I think it's important. He was probably a little embarrassed and shy, he didn't want to go in there, but I think it was the right thing to do. He did it and he did a good job."

Tweet from @JourdonLaBarber: Jason Pominville nudged Jack Eichel toward the middle, and we're underway at #Sabres practice.

Eichel will meet with the media along with Sabres owner Terry Pegula and general manager Jason Botterill at 2 p.m. The press conference can be seen live on MSG and on Facebook live, or heard on WGR 550. 

In the meantime, here's some other news and notes from Wednesday's Sabres practice.


No decision on captaincy 

Phil Housley will meet with his coaching staff on Wednesday to determine who will wear letters this season, and an announcement could be made Thursday. Housley said all options are on the table, including reserving the "C" and playing with three alternate captains. 

Asked specifically about Eichel, Housley said that all players under consideration.

"All options are open," he said. "I'd like to talk to our coaching staff as they get back here today. I know that's one of the discussions we're going to have. We'll see at that point."


Sabres acquire Redmond

The Sabres acquired defenseman Zach Redmond from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Nicolas Deslauriers. Redmond will report to Rochester.

Redmond, 29, scored five assists in 16 games for the Canadiens last season and 18 points (4+14) in 26 games for their AHL affiliate in St. John's. 

Deslauriers had been assigned to Rochester on Saturday. In four seasons with the Sabres, he scored 12 goals and 18 assists in 211 games.


Bogosian, Falk remain day-to-day

Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Justin Falk were again absent from practice, although Housley still did not rule Bogosian out for Thursday's season opener against Montreal. He'll be reevaluated Thursday morning. 

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