Sabres’ Jeff Skinner agrees to waive no-move clause for Seattle Kraken expansion draft

A big name, or at least a big contract, has agreed to waive his no-move clause. Sabres forward Jeff Skinner will now be available to the Seattle Kraken for the upcoming 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. His agent, Don Meehan confirmed with The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

The Seattle Kraken officially became the NHL’s 32nd team on April 30. The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will be held on July 21.

Skinner agrees to waive clause

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Mar 3, 2020; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner (53) tries to skates away from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dylan Demelo (12) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Skinner, 29, recorded career lows in goals (seven), assists (seven) and points (14) in 53 games this past season.

The limited offensive production in 2020-21 likely is disheartening for the Sabres, who signed Skinner to an eight-year, $72 million contract following his career-high 40-goal performance in 2018-19.

Skinner has collected 479 points (265 goals, 214 assists) in 773 career games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Sabres.

Skinner was named the Calder Memorial Trophy recipient with the Hurricanes after collecting 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 2010-11. He was selected seventh overall by Carolina in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Back in May, Skinner was asked if he would waive his no-move clause to which he said he hadn’t given in much thought. He told the press he wants to be a Sabre next season.

It is unlikely the Kraken will take on Skinner’s $9 million cap hit for the next six seasons.

–Field Level Media