The Hurricanes acquired Skjei from the Rangers for a 2020 first-round pick Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
The Hurricanes needed reinforcements on the blue line due to Dougie Hamilton (leg) and Brett Pesce (shoulder) both missing significant time, and Skjei can eat up top-four minutes. They also acquired Sami Vatanen (leg) from the Devils. The 25-year-old Skjei has averaged 20:41 per game this season, and he's accrued 23 points, 124 shots, 99 hits and 91 blocked shots over 60 contests. Skjei isn't a rental, either, as he's signed through the 2023-24 season at $5.25 million annually.
Skjei had four shots and four hits but a minus-2 rating in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
Skjei showed off his well-rounded game, logging 1:18 on the power play and 1:24 on the penalty kill over 21:30 of ice time. He's still lacking in the most important categories, however, with just one assist over his last 11 games and 22 points in 57 games overall.
Skjei tallied a goal on five shots, dished four hits and added two PIM in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Skjei was the most effective Ranger from a fantasy perspective, contributing in multiple categories. The 25-year-old has picked up two goals and three helpers in his last nine outings. He's up to 21 points, 97 shots on goal, 74 hits and 66 blocked shots in 46 games.
Skjei picked up two assists in Monday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
He notched a helper on the Rangers' first two goals of the night. Skjei hadn't had a multi-point performance since Dec. 12, and on the year the 25-year-old has six goals and 20 points through 44 games.
Skjei posted an assist in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Oilers.
The defenseman had an all-around solid performance with three shots on goal, three blocked shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating in the chaotic game. Skjei is up to 17 points, 83 shots and 57 hits through 38 games this season. The one knock on his game for fantasy owners is a lack of power-play time.
Skjei posted an assist, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Skjei has 12 points through 30 games this season. The blueliner has added 61 shots on goal, 46 hits, 40 blocked shots and 29 PIM. He's notched 25 points in back-to-back campaigns, but he's tracking for slightly better production in 2019-20.
Skjei picked up an assist in Sunday's 5-0 thrashing of the Golden Knights.
Skjei is currently on pace to top the 30-point mark for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2016-17 when he notched five goals and 34 helpers. The blueliner is averaging 20:15 of ice time but is seeing minimal usage with the man advantage, which limits him from becoming a top-end fantasy option.
Skjei (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Panthers after missing one game, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Skjei is over whatever issue caused him to miss Thursday's win over Carolina. He can now turn his focus to rediscovering his scoring touch, as Skjei has only one goal and four helpers in 13 appearances.
Skjei is not in the lineup Thursday in Carolina for what Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post speculates could be a health-related reason based on the comments by coach David Quinn earlier in the day.
Regardless of the reason behind Skjei's absence, he will take his first night off of the season after taking part in each of the first 13 contests. The team should clarify his status again ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Panthers, but Ryan Lindgren joins the lineup in his place Thursday.
Skjei scored his first goal of the season, registering four shots and two PIM in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Rangers.
Skjei pinched in deep to knock home a rebound into a yawning cage late in the third period. The 25-year-old had a career-high eight goals last season, but needed nine games to strike for his first of 2019-20. Skjei has just five points so far this season, but three of them have come in his last two games.
Skjei dished out a pair of helpers in Thursday's 6-2 win over Buffalo.
Skjei had just two assists through seven games, but he was able to match that output in this contest alone. The 25-year-old defenseman is still searching for his first goal of the season after potting a carer-best eight last season.
Skjei had an assist in 22:47 of ice time in Thursday's 6-4 win over Winnipeg.
Skjei spent most of the night on the first pairing with Jacob Trouba as expected, though the pair was separated in the third period to help balance the defensive lines. Trouba showed off his offensive prowess with a three-point night, so perhaps sharing the ice with his childhood buddy can help Skjei rediscover the form that saw him post 39 points in 80 games as a rookie in 2016-17.
Skjei potted a goal to go with three shots and five blocks in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
Skjei put forth a well-rounded effort highlighted by his seventh goal of the season. He needs one more point over New York's final four games to match last season's total of 25, but the 25-year-old blueliner is well off the 39-point pace from his first full season in 2016-17.
Skjei recorded two assists in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens.
The 24-year-old suffered through an 11-game scoring drought coming out of the All-Star break, but Skjei's snapped out of it with five points (three goals, two helpers) in his last four contests. The Rangers don't have a lot of scoring talent up front, limiting the roster's overall fantasy upside, and unless Skjei can work his way back onto the top power-play unit, the blueliner will have a hard time staying productive down the stretch.
Skjei scored two goals in Sunday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Capitals.
His two tallies were both big ones for the Rangers -- the first came at the end of the second period to make it 3-2 when it looked like Washington might run away with the game, and the second came with only 31 seconds left on the clock in regulation to force extra time. Skjei had gone 27 games without lighting the lamp before potting three goals in the last two games, and he now has a career-high six on the season among his 17 points in 58 contests.
Skjei (lower body) fired two shots on goal and recorded 21:47 of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
He extended his pointless streak to 10 games and only has one assist in the last 19 contests. The 24-year-old still logs considerable minutes with a 21:02 average on the season while being a penalty-kill fixture. Nevertheless, his fantasy value is undependable.
Skjei (lower body) participated in warmups before Tuesday's game with the Hurricanes, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
This was expected after Skjei practiced Monday. However, the Rangers may not be able to expect much offense from him. The defenseman has only one point, an assist, in his last 18 games.
Skjei (lower body) joined the team for Monday's practice session.
Skjei wouldn't go so far as to confirm he will be in the lineup versus the Hurricanes on Tuesday, but he would appear to be trending in the right direction. If the blueliner is given the green light to play, he figures to bump Brendan Smith from the lineup.
Skjei (lower body) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Penguins, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
He left Friday's game versus the Sabres and didn't return, but he reported himself healthy Saturday. However, Skjei wasn't present for warmups Sunday. Anthony DeAngelo will fill into a defensive pairing with Adam McQuaid, and Skjei will look to get back into the fold for Tuesday's game versus the Hurricanes.
Skjei (lower body) is not concerned about his injury, as he's "walking just fine," Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Based on this news, we can safely deduce that Skjei will be fine to play in Sunday's matinee against the Penguins. The fourth-year defenseman has three goals and 11 assists through 54 games, but he's hardly seeing any time on the power play, unlike prior seasons.
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