Sabres’ Eichel buys home from disgraced Buffalo GM

Gotta put that new $80 million contract to good use!

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According to a report from Bills Wire, an NFL blog that covers the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres superstar Jack Eichel has purchased a house from former Bills general manager Doug Whaley.

Whaley, who was GM of the Bills from 2013 until being relieved of his duties back in April of 2017, was hired by the NFL to become their director of college scouting back in June. With Whaley moving on from Buffalo, it only makes sense that he would put him home on the market. The three-story, four bedroom home located on Ojibwa Circle near the Erie Basin Marina was purchased by Whaley in June of 2016 for $752,000. He reportedly flipped the 3,451 square foot home to Eichel for a cool $985,000. 

Whaley joined the Bills from the Pittsburgh Steeler organization in 2010 and was promoted to the general manager position when Nix resigned from his position in 2013. Whaley was given a contract extension by Bills and Sabres owner Terry and Kim Pegula in 2016, but was fired less than a year after signing his extension. 

Whaley’s most notable accomplishments with the Bills included trading up to draft receiver Sammy Watkins and trading linebacker Kiko Alonso for All-Pro runningback LeSean McCoy.

As for Eichel, his most notable accomplishments in Buffalo are still to come. The 21 year old superstar was selected 2nd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and has a stellar 73 goals and 177 points in 209 career NHL games. Last season Eichel broke out in a big way hitting new career highs in goals and points with 25 goals and 64 points in just 67 games. Eichel's brand new eight year, $80 million contract kicks in this upcoming season and comes with an annual average salary of $10 million. He's the highest paid player on the Sabres' roster by an enormous margin, out earning the team's next highest paid player (Kyle Okposo at $6 million per season) by over $4 million per season. However, with extensions for youngster Sam Reinhart and newcomer Jeff Skinner on the horizon, it may not take long for the rest of the team's salary to catch up with Eichel's.