The Carolina Hurricanes recently stated they are listening to any and all offers on their players. In a sense a fire sale. One of these players really intrigues me and I would love to see him in black and gold. Jeff Skinner.
Skinner is a 26 year old forward and he possesses a ton of offensive talent. He’s played 8 seasons in the NHL and racked up 204 goals and 175 assists. Skinner has been able to produce on some terrible Hurricanes teams and has always seen top 6 minutes on the wing. Skinner would fit well on either of the Bruins top lines, he’s a similar player to Marchand and would likely benefit from playing on that top line, if the Bruins decided to drop Pastrnak to the second line. Skinner could play with Krejci too. Skinner spent last season on a line with Derek Ryan and Lee Stempniak and was still able to put up 49 points. Wouldn’t mind seeing him with a real center. (No offense Derek Ryan)
What would it cost to acquire Skinner? Well Skinner has one year left on his deal with a 5.75 mill cap hit. The Hurricanes are eager to get younger and cut some money as well. With the draft just around the corner the Bruins could likely throw together a package that included a 2nd round pick, a goalie prospect (McIntyre or Vladar) and a low level forward prospect (Colby Cave, Peter Ceharik). I’m not entirely convinced it would take that much to get Skinner but I have a feeling multiple teams will show interest in him which can drive up the price.
The Bruins still have young options and could fill that top 6 role from within but man I would love to see Jeff Skinner in Boston.
– Written By Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)