July 24, 2024

Done Deal: Buffalo Sabres lose Jeff Skinner’s, who signs monster $87 million contract…

The Buffalo Sabres are reportedly contemplating a buyout of Jeff Skinner‘s contract, a move that has been noted by insiders Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek last week. As the Draft approaches and free agency is days away, the likelihood of a buyout remains high, barring an unforeseen trade.

Chad DeDominicis writes: “This isn’t breaking news. Friedman and Marek were on this a week ago. Multiple sources have confirmed to me the Sabres will buy out the last 3 years of Skinner’s contract barring an unforeseen trade. I discuss his BUF career & reasoning for the move.”

Skinner, who was overpaid at $9 million per season, remains a valuable player despite a dip in performance this season.

He scored 33 and 35 goals in previous seasons with Buffalo but saw his goal total drop to 24 this season. Despite this, he is expected to attract significant interest from competitive teams, possibly signing for a lower salary. With the buyout providing financial flexibility, Skinner can afford to be selective, prioritizing winning opportunities. Teams like the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Edmonton Oilers are among teams who could show interest.

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