NHL Trade Deadline Rumors
Skinner Joins The Trade Bait Board
As the trade deadline approaches, TSN keeps track of the of the potential deadline targets, ranking them on their “trade bait” board. Ten new names were added to the newest edition of the board, but none stood out more than Carolina Hurricanes forward, Jeff Skinner. “The belief is that the Hurricanes, while not actively shopping Skinner, would be willing to listen to offers on him,” insider Frank Seravalli said.
Now, Skinner still has another year remaining on his contract at $5.725 million, so will be more than just a rental to teams who are looking for the speed and offensive power he has. He is just a year removed from a 37 goal season and has scored 25+ goals in four of his six full seasons. But his play this year raises a few eyebrows. Through 54 games, he has registered just 31 points and is on track to have his lowest totals since the 2014–15 season.
My thoughts: One of the things that sticks out, are the comments made by owner Tom Dundon. According to Dundon, the Canes aren’t going to make a deal “to make us feel good for two weeks that’s going to set us back two years.” It goes without saying, but that’s the best way to look at it. As it stands, the Hurricanes are just a one point out of the final wild-card spot and haven’t been back to the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2009. While I think a Skinner trade would yield a return that could strengthen their blue line, I worry about what it would do offense and the young group they have upfront. Even just at 25, he brings a veteran presence to the offense and is capable of turning it on. I think trading Skinner would watch this season’s playoff hopes go down the drain.