Skinner signed an eight-year contract worth $72 million Friday night, Lance Lyskowski of The Buffalo News reports.
New coach Ralph Krueger must be the second happiest man in Buffalo on Friday, as 40-goal scorers aren't all that easy to come by. Skinner becomes the second-highest paid Sabre behind captain Jack Eichel, and the duo will try to lead the franchise out of a lengthy playoff drought under the new coaching staff. The Sabres did the smart thing here by figuring out a way to not let Skinner reach the official start of free agency. Oddly enough, Buffalo has the NHL's longest active playoff drought while Skinner owns the NHL's longest active games played streak (661) without appearing in a playoff game. The Sabres were willing to pay up to see if they can break those two unfortunate streaks.
Skinner is reportedly close to signing an eight-year contract extension with Buffalo that would carry an AAV between $8.5-9.5 million, per TSN's Bob McKenzie.
While nothing has been finizaled, keeping Skinner would be a major coup for general manager Jason Botterill and new head coach Ralph Krueger. The winger racked up a career-high 40 goals last season, along with 23 helpers, 268 shots and 16 power-play points. The Toronto native should be capable of pushing for the 70-point mark next season and figures to be a top-end fantasy option.
Skinner will not partake in the World Championship, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Skinner finished the season with 63 points, the third time he's hit that mark in his career. More importantly, he reached 40 goals for the first time. He showed instant chemistry with Jack Eichel, and was a key cog in the Sabres offense. However, he's an unrestricted free agent, and will need to spend the upcoming months working on an extension if he's to remain in Buffalo.
Skinner scored twice Saturday in a 7-1 win over Detroit on Saturday.
The second snipe was his 40th, a mark he hit for the first time in his career. Skinner has finally optimized the talent he showed as a rookie back in 2010-11 -- his 63 points this season matches the career mark he set then (and had reached again in 2016-17). It's hard to believe Skinner is just 26 years old. Target him next season. The Sabres, assuming they re-sign him, can't be this bad again and he has some talented pivots to feed him pucks.
Skinner finished with a minus-1 rating and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Ottawa.
Skinner may have 37 goals this season, but he's found the back of the net just once in his last 19 contests and has now gone five straight games without a point.
Skinner had an assist on a power-play goal in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday.
Skinner has four points, all helpers, in his last six contests, with three of the apples coming with a man advantage. He's fired 24 shots over that span, but his scoring luck just isn't there right now. A career 11.3 percent shooter, Skinner likely won't go much longer before finding twine again. He has 58 points and 220 shots in 66 games this season.
Skinner (ankle) rejoined the action for the start of the third period Saturday against the Capitals, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Skinner's ankle injury looked gruesome and he required assistance when leaving the ice, so it's surprising that his ankle checked out well enough to retake the ice. Assuming his ankle holds up, the veteran winger should resume his duties on the top line and power-play unit.
Skinner couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he exited Saturday's game against the Capitals prematurely, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Skinner's left ankle appeared to turn awkwardly, so there's a good chance he's headed directly to the X-ray room to check for a fracture. Consider the star winger questionable, at best, to rejoin the action, though it would be pretty surprising to see him on the ice again Saturday.
Skinner scored two goals, one on the power play, in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
His second tally late in the second period brought the Sabres to within a goal at 3-2, but the Rangers dominated the third to pull away. Skinner now has six goals and nine points in his last nine games, and with 36 goals on the season, the veteran sniper is only one back of the career high he set in 2016-17 with the Hurricanes.
Skinner scored two goals in a 6-5 overtime loss to Carolina on Thursday night.
The sniper has just three goals in his last nine games, but he has 33 goals on the season. Yes, Skinner sits second overall in goal scoring in the NHL. And he's on pace for his first 50-goal season. You know what to do.
Skinner is back on the top line with Jack Eichel following a brief shake-up that didn't even last a full game during Tuesday's win over the Wild, Jason Wolf of The Buffalo News reports.
Coach Phil Housley didn't like the way Skinner was playing on the third line as the team tried to balance out the scoring, so he's already back in a fantasy-friendly place with Eichel. The only negative is the team will be sticking with Sam Reinhart on the second line. Reinhart, Eichel and Skinner have played great together much of the season, but the Sabres will roll with Jason Pominville -- who has nowhere near the scoring ability of Reinhart at this stage of his career -- on the top line with Skinner and Eichel for now.
Skinner ended his three-game point drought by scoring a goal against Columbus on Tuesday.
Skinner now has 31 goals on the campaign, good for second in the NHL. He has a strong chance of reaching the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career, and is on pace for 75 points -- 12 more than his current career high.
Skinner (maintenance) took part in Friday's optional morning skate, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Skinner was given a maintenance day Thursday, but his presence on the ice Friday morning all but confirms he'll be in the lineup for the evening's matchup with Vancouver. The 26-year-old sniper will slot into his usual spot skating on the Sabres' first line and top power-play unit against the Canucks.
Skinner (maintenance) was absent during Thursday's practice, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Skinner briefly exited Wednesday's game against Calgary but did return. His absence Thursday is being described as "maintenance" so there should be little to no concern about his availability for Friday. The Sabres would certainly miss Skinner's offense should he not be good to go, as his 30 goals lead the team in that department.
Skinner scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Panthers.
Both of Skinner's goals came on spectacular, highlight-reel plays that saw him claw, scratch and deke his way through defenders on his way to solving Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo. Over his last 13 games, Skinner has 13 points and is up to 41 on the season (in as many games). Only Alex Ovechkin has found the back of the net more than Skinner to this point in the campaign.
Skinner scored two goals in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
Skinner is up to 24 goals on the year, matching his 2017-18 total in 50 fewer games. The 26-year-old is in the middle of a career year just in time to earn a terrific payday this coming offseason, if not sooner. Skinner has also registered a plus-21 rating, his first positive rating since his rookie campaign.
Skinner scored his 22nd goal of the season in Thursday's 3-1 win over Arizona.
He has a four-game, four-point streak on the go right now. Skinner has been a revelation this season -- he's scoring at a point-per-game pace and has 22 goals, a tally good enough for a tie with Patrik Laine for second in the NHL (22). Use him with confidence.
Skinner scored his 18th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Detroit.
The goal actually moved Skinner into the league lead temporarily, but that disappeared with Patrik Laine's career night. Skinner is on a four-game, five-point streak that includes four goals and one assist. And he has 10 points, including nine goals, in his last nine games. Cha-ching.
Skinner added two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Canadiens on Friday.
The 26-year-old is about as hot as the Sabres at the moment. Buffalo has won seven straight, and during that stretch, he has eight goals and nine points. But Skinner's hot streak dates back to the middle of October. He has 16 goals and 22 points with a plus-11 rating in the last 16 games. Skinner has been one of the biggest surprises in fantasy through a quarter of the season. At some point, his production will certainly slow, but don't be surprised if he posts career highs across the board this season.
Skinner scored a power-play goal, the Sabres' lone tally in regulation, during Friday's 2-1 shootout win over the Jets.
The 26-year-old winger also fired six shots on net, tying Jack Eichel for the team lead on the night. Skinner has now found the back of the net in four straight games, and after scoring 24 in 82 contests in his final season in Carolina, he's already potted 14 goals in 19 games to begin his tenure in Buffalo.
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