|2018 Season||July 1st, 2018|
|To Buffalo||POS||Age||GP||Goals||Points||Years||Cap Hit|
|Jeff Skinner||F||26||82||24||49||1||$5.725 mil|
|To Carolina||POS||Age||GP||Goals||Points||Years||Cap Hit|
|2019 2nd Round Draft Pick|
|2020 3rd Round Draft Pick|
|2020 6th Round Draft Pick|
The Carolina Hurricanes had reportedly been shopping Jeff Skinner for quite some time and on Thursday afternoon/evening, they were finally able to pull the trigger on a deal, which netted them a prospect and three picks in a package from the Buffalo Sabres.
The reports had been lingering that Skinner wasn't going to be a part of the team's long-term plans, hard to say if it was the team or the player's decision at that point, and that was what made him expendable for a deal. The Hurricanes don't exactly make up anything in the short-term, dealing a 20+ goal scorer away for futures isn't exactly going to speed up their rebuild, but they do look further into the future with more potential players.
The real gains are in Buffalo, where the Sabres do add some real talent to their lineup in Skinner, as their roster doesn't look anywhere close to where it was a year ago. Adding Skinner, Sobotka, Berglund and Sheary in this off-season has really changed the face of this club and then when you factor in the youth movement of a Casey Mittlestadt, this team will be very intriguing to watch. It is rounding out quite well for the Sabres, but will the chemistry work out on the ice?