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Skinner eager to join forces with Eichel, Sabres

Skinner eager to join forces with Eichel, Sabres
Published On: Mon, Aug 06
Oct 24, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Ben Eager (55) looks for a loose puck in front of Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (4) and goaltender Braden Holtby (70) at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Skinner was presented by the Carolina Hurricanes with the opportunity of being traded to the Buffalo Sabres and becoming teammates with center Jack Eichel.

It was an opportunity the 26-year-old decided he couldn't pass up.

"I'm excited to get to know him and get to meet him," Skinner said on Friday, one day after being acquired by the Sabres for forward prospect Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a third-round and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft. "He's obviously one of the top centermen in the game right now, so I think any time you have that on your team, I think it's exciting."

Skinner could play on the same line as Eichel, the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft. The 21-year-old is a three-time 20-goal scorer and had an NHL career-high 64 points (25 goals, 39 assists) in 67 games for the Sabres last season.

That thought was intriguing enough to Skinner that he was willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.

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