Skinner is not the 16th-best player in the National Hockey League, but he's now 16th on the salary chart after signing an eight-year, $72 million deal Friday night.
The former Calder Trophy victor thrived in his first season with the Sabres, scoring a career-high 40 goals and adding 23 assists to match his career high of 63 points. He was traded to the Sabres after eight seasons in Carolina in exchange for Cliff Pu and two draft picks.More news: Trump still hangs tariff threat over Mexico despite deal
The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Skinner scored 14 goals in his first 19 games, showcasing dynamic chemistry beside Eichel, his center most of the season. He also played in all 82 games for the second straight year and the third time in four seasons.
Skinner is a six-time 20-goal scorer and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2011. It's a big score for Jason Botterill and new head coach Ralph Kruger to hold on to Skinner to help build around budding superstar Jack Eichel. He has the second-highest cap hit on the Sabres behind Eichel, who makes $10 million against the cap.
FILE - In this February 10, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Sabres center Jeff Skinner (53) skates with the puck away from Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. The Sabres have re-signed leading scorer Skinner to an eight year, $72 million contract.More news: Kim Kardashian shares first photo of son Psalm West
"I think it helped".
"It's going to take some time and it's not going to happen in the first couple of days", he said while cleaning out his locker two days after the season ended.
"I'm very fortunate Buffalo gave me the opportunity it did, and I'm grateful they continue to show the belief in me, " Skinner said.More news: Devolver Digital Has Announced a New "Reverse-Horror" Platformer Called Carrion