Cullen: Another 30-goal season is within reach for Skinner

TSN's Scott Cullen joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Friday

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August 03, 2018 - 5:54 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres made a big trade on Thursday night, surprising many by bringing in in winger Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Sabres were able to acquire Skinner by giving up prospect Cliff Pu, a second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, and third and sixth round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft.

When the rumors of a potential Skinner trade started, it was widely speculated that Carolina was looking to acquire multiple assets, including a first round pick and / or a top prospect. Instead, the Sabres only give up a former third round pick in Pu, and they did not have to trade any of their three first round picks in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The move has been well received from a Sabres perspective, including by TSN's Scott Cullen. He joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Friday afternoon to talk about the Skinner trade and what implications this trade can have on the Sabres for the 2018-19 season.

Here is some of what he had to say:

Cullen on the impact that Sabres centers Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt can have on Skinner: 

"One thing that is underrated about Skinner, over the last few seasons his most frequent centers are Derek Ryan and Victor Rask... Not guys you want setting up your top goal-scorer."

"It's easy to say that another 30-goal season is within his reach."

Cullen on if the Sabres can keep Skinner around long term: 

"If the Sabres are willing to pay whatever the going rate is for a 30-goal winger, this could be something that goes longer than a season."

Cullen on how the Sabres should approach signing Skinner long term: 

"If you're Buffalo, you go into this hoping that Skinner likes the idea of playing with Jack Eichel. That maybe this is something you can do for longer than one season." 

"You don't want to go seven or eight [years] unless it's the superstars of the league. Maybe it's something similar to what [James van Riemsdyk] got in Philadelphia. Maybe it's a little less than $7 million per[-year]."

Cullen on if the Sabres can compete for a playoff spot: 

"I don't look at them and say 'well now this is a playoff team'. It's a climb to get there. If all these things fall into place though, maybe they are in contention for a playoff spot."

You can hear more from Cullen with Schopp and the Bulldog below:

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