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Buffalo Sabres Intend To Buyout Jeff Skinner

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Chad DeDominicis of Expected Buffalo is reporting that the Buffalo Sabres intend to buyout forward Jeff Skinner. Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported last week that the Sabres were considering a buyout of the final three years on Skinner’s deal, but with the buyout window opening today, all signs point to his time in Buffalo being finished.

 

Skinner is owed $22MM for the final three seasons of his eight-year $72MM contract and his buyout will be spread out over the next six seasons. The numbers broken down by year will look like this (as per CapFriendly😞

 

  • Year 1 – $1.44MM
  • Year 2 – $4.44MM
  • Year 3 – $6.44MM
  • Year 4 – $2.44MM
  • Year 5 – $2.44MM
  • Year 6 – $2.44MM
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Buffalo will save $7.555MM in the first year of the buyout which will give the Sabres $31MM in cap space to play with this summer as they look to get back to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

 

For Skinner, the buyout ends a run in Buffalo that was mired by inconsistent offensive production and poor defensive play. Skinner was acquired by the Sabres back in August 2018 for a package that included a 2019 second-round draft pick, a third-round draft pick in 2020, as well as a sixth-round draft pick in 2020 and Cliff Pu.

 

The trade initially looked like a big win for Buffalo as Skinner posted 40 goals and 23 assists in 82 games. He then signed his massive extension in June 2019 and that’s when the relationship began to sour.

 

Skinner wasn’t able to maintain his 14.9% shooting percentage from the 2018-19 season and fell on hard times the next two seasons, posting just 21 goals and 16 assists in 112 games. He bounced back in 2022-23, tallying 35 goals and 47 assists for a career-high 82 points in 79 games, however this past season the 32-year-old’s numbers cratered once again as he fell to 24 goals and 22 assists.

 

Skinner will find work this summer, as there is no shortage of teams looking for scoring and not a ton of it to be found in free agency. Skinner’s defensive work remains an issue and he isn’t much of a puck carrier, but he should be able to latch on with a team on a short-term deal and possibly offer secondary scoring at a reduced price point.

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@notfondajane I wasn't surprised at all. He's absolutely not the sort of player you build around.

 

The biggest inefficiency in the NHL:

1) Players get paid for points.
2) Many players who get points contribute to their teams getting outscored despite their point totals.

 

Finding the players who help the goal share while not getting enough points to move the salary dial is the golden ticket when filling out the roster, and Jeff Skinner is the antithesis of this sort of player. In a game which, in the end, is about battles, I'm not sure that I ever saw Jeff Skinner come away with a contested puck or battle as hard to chip a puck out of his end as he does to get away a shot in the offensive zone.

 

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On 6/28/2024 at 11:52 AM, JR Ewing said:

@notfondajane I wasn't surprised at all. He's absolutely not the sort of player you build around.

 

The biggest inefficiency in the NHL:

1) Players get paid for points.
2) Many players who get points contribute to their teams getting outscored despite their point totals.

 

Finding the players who help the goal share while not getting enough points to move the salary dial is the golden ticket when filling out the roster, and Jeff Skinner is the antithesis of this sort of player. In a game which, in the end, is about battles, I'm not sure that I ever saw Jeff Skinner come away with a contested puck or battle as hard to chip a puck out of his end as he does to get away a shot in the offensive zone.

 

I always thought of him as a mucked. Maybe not in battling in the corner. I thought of him as disruptive the play of the other team. I guess I was wrong.

 

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Might be a 1 year try to rebound contract somewhere. I hope it's not the sharks tho. Don't want that sort of player around our kids.

 

Boqvist maybe. Our Right D is currently Jan Rutta, Burrows and Vlasic playing his off side. Boqvist could maybe be a reclamation project with Addison being ejected

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