Skinner was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His new $9-million AAV makes him the sixth-highest-paid winger in the league.
|Highest-paid wingers||Cap hit||Year signed|
|Patrick Kane (CHI)||$10.5M||2014|
|Alex Ovechkin (WSH)||$9.54M||2008|
|Nikita Kucherov (TB)||$9.5M||2018|
|Jamie Benn (DAL)||$9.5M||2016|
|Mark Stone (VGK)||$9.5M||2019|
Buffalo traded prospect Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in 2019, a third-round pick in 2020, and a sixth-rounder in 2020 to acquire Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes last summer. The 27-year-old went on to tally a career-high 40 goals in his first season with the Sabres.
Skinner ranks 10th in the NHL with 129 goals since the start of the 2015-16 season and has reached the 30-goal mark four times in his nine-year career. He and playmaking center Jack Eichel formed a dynamic one-two punch on Buffalo’s top line this past season.
The eight-year extension takes the former Calder Trophy winner through his age-34 season.
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