After being the centerpiece of biggest trade of the National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t done yet. However, they would need a little more collaboration from their main trade bait.
After pulling a monster move which sent defenseman Noah Hanifin and forward Elias Lindholm to the Calgary Flames in return for defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Micheal Ferland and young prospect Adam Fox, the Hurricanes are now trying to move forward Jeff Skinner.
However, Skinner himself has his word to say, and so far, it is no.
Andy Strickland of Fox Sports has reported Skinner, who has a no movement clause, has turned down some trades this offseason. The 26-year-old has one year left on a six-year deal that pays him $5.725 million per season.
There is also something that Skinner himself cannot control which has an impact on his trade destination, and that is New York Islanders captain and pending free agent John Tavares. Until Tavares chooses where he wants to sign, it is putting a hold on this major trade as Skinner's fate depends on where Tavares lands. Many believe that teams who will lose out on the Tavares sweepstakes will turn around and make a play for Skinner's services, according to NHL insider Darren Dreger.
The Los Angeles Kings were believed to have interest in Skinner, but that was until they signed Russian star player Ilya Kovalchyuk on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are also believed to be in the mix for the Canes forward. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford drafted Skinner seventh overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and could look to add him to his roster now. It was also reported that the St. Louis Blues might be interested in Skinner as well...
Skinner had a down year last season when he tallied 24 goals and recorded a total of 49 points, but that is compared to his 37-goal season in 2016-17 and at age 26, he has already had three 30-goal seasons. This of course makes him one of the most marketable and coveted players in the NHL who can inject an immediate offensive boost into any lineup.
The 2010 first round pick has 204 goals and 175 assists in 579 career games in the NHL, all with the Hurricanes.