A Plea to the Sabres Front Office
To Whom It May Concern:
Preseason is officially underway. There’s a buzz in the air in Buffalo that is so palpable you can smell it over the Cheerios. We’re 16 days away from the first game of regular season; 16 days away from the first season of a new era. (Well, hopefully. It’s September, I’m allowed to be hopeful).
In honor of those 16 days I am going to give you 16 reasons why you need to give Jack Eichel the C. These reasons range from statistical to personal and are in no particular order:
Jack bought a house in Buffalo and is clearly invested in sticking around.
He came back to Buffalo before Labor Day this year, the first time he’s done this.
He make jokes with the media at camp, a sign that instead of being a sassy asshole (a sasshole if you will, he will try to stop being grumpy).
This is the first year of his big contract so the C makes sense.
If you really want to change the culture in the room, adding an official captain can’t hurt.
Statistically, each year that he’s played he’s improved. This is a sign of on ice growth and maturity.
Speaking of growth and maturity, people outside of the Buffalo media bubble have started to notice the change and growth in Jack.
He’s taken the younger guys under his wing (not literally, I’m hoping his wings this year are Skinner and Reinhard, but you get what I’m saying).
Giving him the C would make me happy, and I’m the only one who really matters.
Do you have a good reason not to?
Who else would you give it to anyway? Just admit that he’s the guy so we can all stop talking about it.
Think of all the jerseys you’d sell! I’ll buy one if you grow a pair and give him that damn letter.
You’ll look really silly if you wait until midway through the season.
Putting that letter on his chest would send a message to the rest of the team that if you work your ass off, grow as a person and a player, and step up that you’ll be rewarded.
Don’t you want to be able to make fun memes about ‘Captain Jack’? Think of the media promotions! He could skate onto the ice to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song! He’d have a built in Halloween costume. I’m not going to give away all my good ideas for free, but you get the idea.
I love him. That should be enough for you.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to seeing that number 9 jersey with a C on the chest really soon.