Sabres sign Skinner to huge deal
The Buffalo Sabres have signed star Jeff Skinner to an eight-year contract, it was announced on Friday.
Skinner's new deal with NHL franchise the Sabres is worth an average annual value of $9million.
The two-time All-Star is coming off a career-high 40 goals for the Sabres in 2018-19.
It was his first year in Buffalo as the Sabres acquired him from the Carolina Hurricanes in 2018 for Cliff Pu and three draft picks.
Skinner is a perennial 30-goal scorer having eclipsed the mark four times since entering the league as a rookie in 2010.
There was a question whether the Sabres would extend the winger because of how his season ended.
Skinner scored 30 goals before the All-Star break, but finished with just 10 over his final 34 games.
The question was whether Skinner was the player who showed up in the first half of the season or the second.
Buffalo are clearly banking on the fact he is the man they saw in the first half and want to keep him on the roster alongside the team's hopeful future MVP in Jack Eichel and last year's number one pick in Rasmus Dahlin.