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Sabres Expected To Start Negotiations With Jeff Skinner Pretty Soon

Sabres Expected To Start Negotiations With Jeff Skinner Pretty Soon
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
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

It is a pretty exciting day for Buffalo Sabres forwardA Jeff Skinner, whoA was just announced as the a€œLast Man Ina€A to the 2019 All-Star game just hours before taking on his former team. The Carolina Hurricanes traded Skinner away last summer after a new management group took over, and the talented forward has responded by putting up 29 goals through his first 43 games for the Sabres, the best pace of his entire career.

That pace is coming at the perfect time for Skinner, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. That status likely helped inform the decision to trade him, but the Sabres have always believed they could sign him to an extension at some point. Now, as Skinner is in the news for all the right reasons today,A Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News tweetsA that the Sabres are expected to start contract negotiations a€œpretty soona€ with their All-Star forward.

One of the very first things that Buffalo GMA Jason BotterillA did after taking over the franchise in 2017 was hand out an eight-year, $80MM extension toA Jack EichelA and he very well may come close to that with his next big long-term deal.A 

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