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Mike Maniscalco

Canes GM tweets his hand on Jeff Skinner

Posted August 7, 2012
Updated August 8, 2012

The Carolina Hurricanes continue to be active this summer, via trades, free agency and now it looks like preventing a player from entering restricted free agency. President and General Manager Jim Rutherford tweeted from his account:

@HurricanesGM “It looks like we are going to be able to get Jeff Skinner tied up for a number of years. Exciting news for our franchise.”

The Hurricanes have not made a formal announcement of the extension, but when an NHL GM breaks news on twitter, an official press conference shouldn’t be that far off. TSN Canada's Bob McKenzie is reporting the deal is expected to be 6 years, averaging $5.725 million.

Why would Carolina be in a rush to lock up a player that is under contract for another year?

Look at what happened between Nashville, Philadelphia and the Predators star defenseman Shea Weber. Philly threw a 14 year deal worth $110 million at the Nashville captain in an offer sheet to the restricted free agent. Under the current NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Preds would have received two 1st round picks, a 2nd and a 3rd for the Flyers signing the defenseman to a deal worth between $6,728,781 to $8,410,976. While that is steep price, there is no guarantee that Nashville would have landed a player the caliber of Weber with any of those picks and had to re-sign their top player.

The Flyers offer sheet might have served as a warning to NHL GM’s that top teams are willing to give up late first round picks for top end talent. Add into the mix that there will be changes to the new CBA that could impact free agency and compensation, this move is a no brainer for Carolina. The Canes have struck gold with Jeff Skinner, and with his talent level and age, there is no need to risk having a team put a huge deal on his plate and force the Hurricanes into a corner.

Skinner in just two years has become a major piece of the Canes organization. With 51 goals and 56 assists in his career, he is one of the top young offensive producers in the League. With the addition of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin to the Canes line-up, it reasonable to expect a big offensive year for the 20 year old winger entering the last year of his rookie deal. The organization wants Skinner here for a long time and Skinner is a perfect fit for this market, no reason to wait and risk some other team making a contract extension more complicated than what it need to be.

Jim Rutherford said he would be active this off-season, with the trade for Jordan Staal, the signing of Semin and extensions for Jeff Skinner and defenseman Jay Harrison, he has kept his word.
 

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  • dwntwnboy Aug 8, 2012

    Canes aren't going to let anything happen to their golden boy. He's the "face" of the team on so many things. He's bringing in the crowds to the PNC, even young girls are all a ga-ga over the cute 20 yr old with the nonstop smile. He's bright, well spoken, talented, still has most of his original teeth (a novel concept for a hockey player) and the fans LOVE him. He's like everyone's little brother out there, the fans almost take it personally when he gets hit or bumped. Can't wait for hockey season to start- GO CANES!!!

  • Got Peart Aug 8, 2012

    great move. new CBA will not allow for these ridiculously long contracts. Good to get him locked up while they can. Wouldn't be surprised if there are step increases or other incentives as well.

    Cane's O could be fun to watch next year!

  • mesocell Aug 8, 2012

    No complaints with the off season. The front office look to be invested in this team, and they are keeping the core together. Getting excited about the season coming up!

  • Willie_11 Aug 8, 2012

    I think this is great move and obviously Coach Muller agrees and thinks he can work with the kid to get him up to that level where other teams would throw ridiculous money at him. Go Hurricanes!

  • caniacman Aug 8, 2012

    he missed time last year so the 20 is going to be lower. I think 30 goals 70 points a year would be just fine. It makes sense to lock him up now before the CBA and then you do not have to worry about him being a RFA next year. Smart move and like Mike said, a GM does not put that out on twitter unless the deal is all but done!

  • Jimmytwotimes Aug 8, 2012

    Hmmmm, interesting. I think if Skinner scores 35-40 goals this year his price tag would be 8million a year. As of now he hasn't really proven that he's gonna do that. I wonder if Jr offers 5mil a year and Skinner accepts or if he's gonna put him up there around 7-8mil a year assuming he's gonna be a 70 point plus scorer every year. I love Skinner but 33goals rookie year and 20sophomore year dosen't really give anyone a clear look at exactly what he's worth. Imagine we give him 8mil a year and he struggles to score 50points a year. Or if he accepts 5mil a year and puts up 90 points a year he'll be selling himself short. I hope he hit the weights hard this summer and comes back as a 70point producer that dosen't get knocked around and have a problem with concussions cause I have a feeling he's about to get paid with the big boys.

  • monkeyboy Aug 8, 2012

    'Canes GM tweets his hand on Jeff Skinner'

    wow, what a title to an article. is jerry sandusky the canes new gm? wonder how skinner feels about this?

  • evenflow2005 Aug 8, 2012

    Yeah, would really lose the entire concept of what the Canes were trying to do this coming up year if all of a sudden they decided to get rid of Skinner.

  • americaneel Aug 7, 2012

    yawn...

  • Wags Aug 7, 2012

    Beau-ti-ful!

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