Sabres Sign Skinner to 8-Year Contract Extension

Sabres Sign Skinner to 8-Year Contract Extension”

The Sabres aren't going to be satisfied with simply signing Jeff Skinner to an extension this offseason.

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. He has 204 goals and 175 assists in 579 career games since the Hurricanes took him seventh overall in the 2010 draft. The Sabres acquired the ninth-year player in a trade with Carolina in August, and he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Skinner is a six-time 20-goal scorer and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2011. But a $72-million dollar deal for 8 years would be pretty hard to leave on the table.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Skinner scored 14 goals in his first 19 games, showcasing dynamic chemistry beside Eichel, his center most of the season.

Letting Skinner walk in free agency would've been a disaster for the Sabres, who own an eight-year playoff drought, the NHL's longest. It was definitely a positive, " Skinner said, noting he also spoke to numerous players and coaches who have worked with Krueger.

Skinner expressed a desire to stay in Buffalo throughout the season but cautioned in April that he didn't want to rush into making a decision. "And fortunately for me, I'm very happy with how it ended up". It's second only to Jack Eichel ($10 million) in Sabres history.

The Sabres followed their 10-game winning streak in November by closing the season winning 16 of their final 57 games. "I like the city and I had a great time". Since joining the league, he is tied for 13th among all NHL skaters with 244 goals and ranks fifth with 191 even-strength markers.

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