On Friday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres inked left winger, and pending unrestricted free agent, Jeff Skinner to an eight-year contract worth $9 million per season. According to Cap Friendly, the cap hit for 2019-20 is the 14th highest in the NHL as of today. He will surely be surpassed by a handful of restricted and unrestricted free agents later in the summer.
One of those players will be young Colorado Avalanche superstar Mikko Rantanen, who is set to make upwards of a million dollars more than Skinner on a similar-termed deal. Based on contract projections by Evolving Wild, Skinner was worth in the range of $8.5 million on a max length deal. The fact that he got a half-million raise to that number suggests Rantanen’s $10 million contract projection will be higher by a similar amount. As more high-end players get signed — especially players like Mitchell Marner, Brayden Point, and Sebastian Aho — the better idea we’ll have on the number for Rantanen.
The Sabres acquired Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes just before the start of the season as a one-year rental that ended up being a steal of a deal for them as one of the pieces that went back to Carolina already hasn’t panned out. The Sabres saw that they wanted this player for the long term over nine months ago and “secured the bag” as it were, keeping him to be the permanent wingman for Jack Eichel for the foreseeable future. The Sabres have two, arguable three, good players now. It’s a start.
Let us know in the comments what you think about the signing and whether you think it’ll have an effect on the Colorado Avalanche during signing season. Do they buy someone else? Or has the market priced them out?
Ryan’s work on this ECHL Kelly Cup story is second to none.
Many have asked why the Colorado Eagles held on to the Kelly Cup and why the ECHL had to create a new one.— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) June 7, 2019
Here's the answer to what might be one of hockey's most bizarre stories in 2019. https://t.co/zeQt6oLKoW
Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada sent out a tweet last night following the Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors game and people will still be trying to decipher it thousands of years from now.
'88 Stanley Cup. Wayne Gretzky told me watching Larry Bird set #99 on fire.I was also Deejay in 80's Blondie became a 1st Rap song to go #1.. tonight I'm thinking "Flash is fast,Flash is good.Fab 5 Freddy knows eveybody's fly. Hang each night in Raptor" Kawhi hits 1 from Canada. pic.twitter.com/IevWGzw2nn— Ron MacLean (@RonMacLeanHTH) June 8, 2019
Suspensions in the Stanley Cup Final? In this economy??
St. Louis’ Ivan Barbashev has been suspended for one game for an Illegal Check to the Head on Boston’s Marcus Johansson. https://t.co/CVEqVANQ7a— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) June 7, 2019
The New York Rangers have been rebuilding their team methodically and have been doing all the right things. As a fan of another team, I’m terrified of what they can become.
John Davidson overhauling the #Rangers' AHL program https://t.co/tIrP8WguP7— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) June 7, 2019
Reflecting on past performances of Rangers rookie forwards https://t.co/Br3eoVx4gD— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) June 7, 2019