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The Buffalo Sabres and General Manager Jason Botterill just committed felony robbery when they obtained top 6 forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes. Who will likely be on the #1 line with Sabres superstar Jack Eichel.
This marks the 2nd major trade that the Sabres have pulled off this offseason, the other being the Ryan O’reilly blockbuster.
The Sabres honestly gave up nothing of value to the Hurricanes, forfeiting just Cliff Pu, a 2019 2nd round pick and 2020 3rd and 6th round picks.
Skinner is entering his 9th season in the NHL and last of his current contract. He has tallied 379 points in 579 career games, and has 3 20+ goal seasons.
Since 2013 Skinner has actually scored the 16th most goals in the NHL.
Skinner had a full no move clause in his contract that he had to waive in order to be traded to the Sabres, that has lead to many assuming he only did so with a contract extension that many have speculated will be 5 years with an average salary of 7.5 million dollars per year, but they also expect that contract to be heavily front loaded so that they can walk away from the last year or 2 if needed with out being placed in salary cap hell.
The Sabres have made some serious moves this offseason, starting with winning the NHL Lottery and selecting Swedish Superstar Rasmus Dahlin, Trading ROR, trading for Conor Sheary and now Jeff Skinner. The Sabres are serving notice to the NHL that things are changing in Buffalo!!