Sabres Sign Skinner to 8-Year Contract Extension

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

The Buffalo Sabres have signed pending unrestricted free agent forward Jeff Skinner to an eight-year, $72 million contract.

The Sabres, entering their 50th season, are in the midst an eight-year playoff drought - the NHL's longest active streak.

The Sabres need Skinner as much for his ability to draw fans as his goal-scoring talents.

Earlier in the day, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill acknowledged the risks involved in re-signing a 27-year-old forward to such a lucrative long-term contract.

The Sabres followed their 10-game winning streak in November by closing the season winning 16 of their final 57 games, which led to coach Phil Housley's firing two years into his tenure.

Skinner played two seasons with the Kitchener Rangers. It might even come back to haunt the Sabres. He went 13 games without a goal and scored just four times in his final 25 games.

Skinner was drafted in the first round (7th overall) by the Hurricanes at the 2010 NHL Draft.

The former Calder Trophy victor thrived in his first season with the Sabres, scoring a career-high 40 goals and adding 23 assists to match his career high of 63 points.

According to The Athletic, the team has now turned its attention to the trade market in hopes of acquiring a second-line center and a top-six winger. He arrived in Buffalo in August via trade from the Carolina Hurricanes, in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and third- and sixth-rounders in 2020.

Skinner has combined for 244 goals, 198 assists and 442 points in 661 career games.

In addition to his National Hockey League accomplishments, Skinner has represented Canada at four IIHF World Championships, totaling 24 points (12/12) in 33 games, and earning a silver medal at the 2017 tournament.

His 32 even-strength goals set a new high for a first-year Sabre.

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