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Trading Jeff Skinner would likely haunt Hurricanes

Trading Jeff Skinner would likely haunt Hurricanes
Published On: Tue, May 22
Feb 7, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26) checks Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes need to score more goals. You know whata€™s a bad way to do that? By trading away their best sniper.

More than a few rumors are swirling that the Hurricanes are shopping Jeff Skinner, a winger who easily leads Carolina in goals (89 versus 55 in second place) and points (163, with second coming in at 139) since 2015-16. Elliotte Friedman mentioned growing interest in Skinner in May 11a€™s a€œ31 Thoughtsa€ while Bob McKenzie opined that Skinnera€™s a€œdays are numbereda€ during a recent podcast (or a€¦ Bobcast).

Leta€™s go over all of the reasons why this is a bad idea and an inopportune time to trade Skinner.

Not selling high

OK, ita€™s probably a stretch to say that the Hurricanes would be a€œselling lowa€ on Skinner, but they wouldna€™t be doing so during a moment of strength, either.

On one hand, Skinner a€“ a player with past concussion problems a€“ played a full 82 games in 2017-18. Skinnera€™s 24 goals ranked second to rising star Sebastian Aho, who potted 29. Skinnera€™s typically solid possession stats were even better than usual last season.

Still, if the HurricanesA must trade Skinner (a possibility at some point, as his $5.75 million cap hit expires after next season), they should wait. Skinnera€™s 8.7 shooting percentage was his lowest success rate since 2014-15, so rival GMs might view him as a less a€œsexya€ option right now, as opposed to 2016-17, when he scored a career-high 37 goals and 63 points with a 13.7 shooting percentage, second only to his 14.4 percent mark from that memorable Calder-winning campaign in 2010-11.

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