PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 18: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period at Wells Fargo Center on January 18, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Instigator |Episode 51

9 Million Reasons to Play Him!

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Skinner is in the second year of an eight-year, $72 million deal he signed with the Sabres in June 2019. His $9 million cap hit makes him the second-highest paid player on the roster. He has struggled to produce under head coach Ralph Krueger. Skinner is averaging just 11:56 of ice time per game this season at 5-on-5 and has zero goals and one assist in 14 games.  In 2019-20, his first season under Krueger, Skinner had 14 goals and 23 points in 59 games. After being a healthy scratch three games last week Skinner is now skating on the fourth line.