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Eichel roommate Sam Reinhart: 'It's motivation to join him for the next couple of years'

Sam Reinhart lives with Jack Eichel in a waterfront townhouse and is certainly happy his roommate has a new contract extension that kicks in next season.

It was a lock that Eichel was going to get a new deal at some point. It's not so assured that Reinhart will be getting any big money. His entry-level deal expires after the season and General Manager Jason Botterill said over the summer he wasn't interested in negotiating an extension with Reinhart prior to this season.

Reinhart is clearly in a show-me campaign if he wants to get any sort of large payday going forward, but was nonetheless happy for Eichel.

"It's nice, really nice," Reinhart said. "It's motivation to join him for the next couple of years. It's going to be there at the end of the year. Honestly, I'm not really thinking about it at all. I find myself as an offensive player and will try to show that on this team, whether I'm playing as a third-line center or with Jack on the wing."

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Reinhart echoed others in the dressing room by pointing out Eichel has gone about his business in training camp without any talk about a potential new deal.

"I'm sure it's a weight off his shoulders to get it over with," Reinhart said. "In terms of a day to day basis in here and at home, he hasn't talked about it once. He hasn't let it affect it him or anybody. I know that for a fact because I see him 12 hours of the day every day."

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Reinhart had 17 goals and a career-high 47 points  last season but was suspended late in the season for being late to a team meeting in Columbus, and was not nearly as engaged in the offense as he was during his breakout 23-goal campaign in the 2015-16 season.

He's expected to start the season back at center, in the middle of the third line with Zemgus Girgensons and Seth Griffith on his wings.

"One mistake I've made in the past is viewing switching center as a demotion," Reinhart said. "That's not the way to be looking at it at all. This is an opportunity for me to get another line going, get another line on the scoresheet every night playing with some good players. I'm looking at it completely different with a fresh mentality and I'm excited about it."

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