According to the latest NHL trade rumors, Jeff Skinner will most likely be traded by the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are the five best fits for him.
The Carolina Hurricanes are going through an offseason that will likely see a lot of changes. They’ve already replaced their general manager and head coach. But the Hurricanes probably aren’t done yet. In fact, the latest NHL trade rumors suggest Carolina is open to trading anyone other than star forward Sebastian Aho. Of the Hurricanes top trade chips, Jeff Skinner is the most likely candidate to be traded.
He’ll be a free agent after next season, which means Carolina will probably either sign him to an extension or trade him by next year’s trade deadline. But why wait until February? Let’s take a look at the five best fits for Skinner who should try to trade for him.
5. Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks could be seeing some offseason changes themselves. It remains to be seen what direction they will go in, but should they choose to load up for another Stanley Cup run, Skinner would make a ton of sense for them.
He solves an immediate need for them at left wing. Currently, the Ducks usually go with Rickard Rakell as their top line left wing. Even though he’s right-handed, he has terrific chemistry with Ryan Getzlaf. However, the Ducks also have Andrew Cogliano as their second-line left wing, which isn’t ideal.
Anaheim needs guys who can score. Skinner can do that while still providing adequate defense. He’s a consistent 20 goal scorer who has flirted with 30 goals on several occasions. Skinner doesn’t have a significant impact on possession metrics, but he has been in the green for most of his career.
By himself, he probably doesn’t make the Ducks a Stanley Cup contender. But combined with other solid additions, Skinner could help make Anaheim a much better team.