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Sabres' Skinner willing to be patient about starting talks on contract extension

Sabres' Skinner willing to be patient about starting talks on contract extension
Published On: Thu, Nov 08
Apr 7, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren (35) makes a save against Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) during the third period at PNC Arena. The Canadiens won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Skinner has 16 points in 15 games this season for the Buffalo Sabres a€“ and his eight goals since being put on the club's top line Oct. 20 is tied for the NHL lead in that span.

Skinner is proving to be the sniper the Sabres hoped for when they traded for him from Carolina in August, and is surprising his new team with his ferocity on the forecheck.

Lingering in the background: Skinner is an unrestricted free agent after the season and is likely going to get a long-term extension well over his current cap hit of $5.725 million. The cost of a new deal is going up, seemingly by the day. So is fan angst about the topic.

Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said recently on WGR Radio that the Sabres can "wait until later in the year" to talk contract with Skinner.

That's the same thought process Skinner has.

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