On Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes dealt winger Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres for an amazing return. Just kidding!
New Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon doesn’t like nice things. Well, he doesn’t like nice things that will cost him more on the next contract.
Of course, he has said it wasn’t about money:
“It had to be done,” Dundon said Friday. “The consensus in the organization, and it has been for a while, was it was better for all parties. It’s good for him, too.”
“This was not money motivated,” Dundon said. “This was simply that we think the team has a better chance to perform at the level we think it can perform at right now.”
Sure it wasn’t. Skinner is 26 and is due to make bank on his new contract. While teams have to make the salary floor and not exceed the salary cap limit, there is nothing saying that you have to pay players what their worth or what they think they’re worth. Before hiring a GM in May after demoting and eventually terminating the contract of Ron Francis, Dundon was reportedly lacking success in his GM hunt due to low salary offers for candidates.
Not everyone in the Hurricanes orbit is happy with the trade.
Sad day for the Canes franchise. No way to put a positive spin on this one. There was so much promise with Jeff Skinner, so much potential, Provided a lot of excitement for Canes fans.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) August 2, 2018
So what was the return on Skinner? Three draft picks and a RW named Clifford Pu.
If that was all it took to loosen the Canes grip on Skinner, what was Don Sweeney doing? The Bruins had been rumored to be in the mix for Skinner but that story lost traction after everyone heard about the potential for a trade with Columbus for Artemi Panarin. Was Donny trying to work a deal while letting this one slide way? Who knows? One thing we do know is that Buffalo got better and might have a legit top-six forward group.