Signed as a free agent by Nashville, January 18, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Atlanta from Nashville, January 10, 2009. Traded to Boston by Atlanta with Boris Valabik for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, February 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Jyvaskyla (Finland), September 24, 2012. Traded to Dallas by Boston with Tyler Seguin and Ryan Button for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, July 4, 2013.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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