Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Jeff Skinner Extension 6 years AAV of $5.725M
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08-08-2012, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin View Post
You got to think a little to realize why this is a good deal for the Hurricanes.

Like many others have said, he's still got one year left on his ELC, so this doesn't matter this season. The next season his contract is a little bit under 5 million, probably what he would have got on a regular second contract. Now they have a guy who could be a PPG 40 goal scorer locked up for 6 years after his ELC expires at a very healthy cap hit.

If Skinner is even only a 35-35 guy for the duration of this contract, doesn't it look good? Lets say Skinner scores 45 goals in the final year of what many think they should have done, a bridge deal, how much money does Skinner get on his third contract? With how much the cap goes up, that deal could have been over $8 million a season.
Considering he has exactly one good season in his career, supposing that he'll get 35 goals and 35 assists for the duration of this contract extension may be a significant leap. And 45 goals will simply not happen, especially not in today's insanely low scoring NHL. They should have signed him to a shorter term deal, say two years in length, with the understanding that he'd use that term to prove himself as a reliable, consistent year-to-year scorer and then sign him to a long term extension worth mondo bucks (Alex Ovechkin hasn't hit 45 goals in three years, FFS). And that's not even getting into the personality issues the guy apparently has.

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