Dreger: Sabres, Skinner to wait on extension talks

Newly-acquired winger Jeff Skinner is eligible to sign a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres at any point, but it sounds like both sides are fine with putting that thought on hold for the time being.

Darren Dreger was asked about the situation during a Friday morning appearance on Buffalo’s WGR 550.

“This one for me is going to be interesting to see how it plans out,” indicated Dreger. “There really hasn’t been any discussion of a contract extension. Again, he’s going into the final year of his deal at just over $5.7 million.

“Both sides essentially agreed, ‘Let’s get the season going. Let’s see how Jeff is fitting in with the Buffalo Sabres.’ Obviously there is a lot of youth there that Jason Botterill is going to have to contend with contractually moving forward, but they just want to play the season a little bit. Not play it out, but play it in a little bit to see how Skinner fits into the bigger picture, and then they’ll perhaps discuss contract extension in the second half of the year.”

The Sabres landed Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes in early August in exchange for Cliff Pu and draft picks.

Skinner is in the final season of his six-year contract, which carries a cap hit of $5.725 million.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly