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Sabres acquire Skinner from the Hurricanes

The Sabres give up prospect Cliff Pu, a 2019 second and a 2020 third and sixth round pick

August 02, 2018 - 6:59 pm

The Buffalo Sabres surprised many on Thursday night, swinging a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes to acquire veteran winger, Jeff Skinner.

The Sabres acquire the 26-year-old from Carolina in exchange for prospect Cliff Pu, a second round selection in 2019, as well as third and sixth round picks in 2020. 

Skinner is in the last year of his current deal that pays him $5.725 million this season. Skinner scored 24 goals and had 25 assists last year for the Hurricanes and has accumulated 204 goals and 379 points in 579 NHL games. The Hurricanes selected Skinner with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. Skinner is a former Calder Memorial Trophy winner for being the league's top rookie in 2011. Skinner was also a NHL All Star in 2011. 

Skinner had a history with concussions early in his career, suffering from three confirmed concussions from 2011-2014. However, Skinner has played in 320 out of a possible 328 games in the past four seasons, including all 82 games last season. 

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