Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Jeff Skinner Extension 6 years AAV of $5.725M
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08-08-2012, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by vanwest View Post
The key to building a good team is locking up your young players. We've seen the insane contracts that get handed out in free agency. I think that we'll see more and more contracts like this Skinner one where GM's decide to lock up a young player early even before they know whether they will earn the contract later. Is it a risk? Sure. But it's also a big risk to let these type of players hit free agency. Given what we've seen from Skinner to date, I think this is a smart and calculated risk well worth taking.
They really didn't lock him up, that is what some ppl are saying here, there isn't anything wrong with the price, but the term is just not right.

This contract makes Skinner a UFA at 27 years old. The Canes only "locked" him up for ufa years.

Had the Canes signed him to 2 year deal for his 2nd contract, he would still be an RFA and they would then be able to "lock" him up for long term contract.

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