aUGUST 2, 2018 | 6:40PM ET
HURRICANES TRADE SKINNER TO SABRES
Jeff Skinner, LW
The Carolina Hurricanes have traded left wing Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a 2019 second-round draft pick, and a 2020 third- and sixth-round selection.
“First and foremost, we thank Jeff for the impact he had on our franchise and our area, both on and off the ice,” said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. “He’s a good person who has been an excellent representative for our team in the community throughout the past eight years.
“However, with Jeff becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer, this was the right time for us to move on, and to provide Jeff with a fresh start in Buffalo. We talked to every team in the league over the past four months, and ultimately the Sabres were the team that provided us with the best value in return, including three picks and a prospect we like in Cliff Pu.”
Skinner, 26, joins the Sabres after spending his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes. In his 579 career games, he has totaled 204 goals and 175 assists for 379 points.
The Toronto native recorded 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points in 82 games last season.
Skinner was selected seventh-overall by Carolina in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his first season, he topped the 30-goal mark for the first of three times in his career, earning a Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
Pu, 20, completed his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2017-18, totaling 29 goals and 55 assists for 84 points in 65 games for London and Kingston.
Selected by Buffalo in the third round, 69th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft, Pu signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Oct. 23, 2017, and is eligible to play in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season.