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The Tim Graham Show: Is Eichel too young to be captain?

Should the Buffalo Sabres make Jack Eichel their captain?

Our panel on "The Tim Graham Show" discussed that queasy topic Wednesday.

Co-host Mike Rodak from ESPN and I were joined by special guest Brad Riter in the Sports Radio 1270 The Fan studio.

The Sabres signed Eichel to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension. With the money comes added expectations, and hockey culture sometimes entices teams into throwing letters onto their most prominent players.

The Edmonton Oilers made 19-year-old Connor McDavid captain last year. The Pittsburgh Penguins did the same with 19-year-old Sidney Crosby in 2007. The Chicago Blackhawks in 2008 named Jonathan Toews captain three months after he turned 20.

Eichel would be the youngest captain in Buffalo history. The record belongs to defenseman Jim Schoenfeld, named captain in September 1974 a few days before he turned 22.


"The Tim Graham Show" airs every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. on 1270 The Fan. Listen to archived episodes and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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00:00-16:00: What can we compare this Bills season to? ’87-88? The ’05-06 Sabres?

19:45-33:45: Are the Bills for real? Comparisons to 2011.

38:30-57:15: Sully sticks around to continue Bills discussion with Brad

1:02:15-1:18:45: Reaction to Jack Eichel’s extension. Should the Sabres put the “C” on him?

1:22:45-1:30:45: How much have lucky breaks and Stephen Hauschka contributed to Bills' success?

1:34:30-1:57:15: E.J. Gaines passes up on glorious opportunity to get Tim Graham Show Bump; Joel Stansizewski calls in from Las Vegas

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