Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres have been given a huge break for the Seattle Expansion Draft, as Jeff Skinner has agreed to waive his no-movement clause for next Wednesday's draft.
Skinner’s agent Don Meehan has told John Vogl of The Athletic that Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams asked on Tuesday if Skinner would agree to waive his no-movement clause and the winger agreed.
As much as the Sabres would love for the Seattle Kraken to take Skinner’s $9 million per-season contract off their hands, it’s extremely doubtful Ron Francis would take him. Buffalo still has six more years of this regrettable contract left. In 53 games last season, Skinner scored seven goals and seven assists for 14 points.
Before Skinner agreed to waive his no-movement, Buffalo only had two spots to protect Anders Bjork, Tage Thompson and Rasmus Asplund. Now none of the three will be lost.
On defense, its likely Rasmus Ristolainen and Colin Miller will be exposed to the Kraken. That would mean Buffalo will protect Rasmus Dahlin, Will Borgen and Henri Jokiharju.
The Sabres' protection list is due on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.