The Carolina Hurricanes have traded forward Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and two picks in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Skinner has spent the entirety of his eight-season career with the Hurricanes and will be entering the final year of his current six-year contract, which means Carolina general manager Don Waddell was under pressure to get something for his player.

Skinner had been an integral part of the struggling Hurricanes. The 26-year-old had 49 points last season, including 24 goals. He topped 30 goals three times ins his career, including a 37-goal campaign in 2016-2017.

“First and foremost, we thank Jeff for the impact he had on our franchise and our area, both on and off the ice,” Waddell said in a press release. “He’s a good person who has been an excellent representative for our team in the community throughout the past eight years.”

Skinner was drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He leaves ranked fifth in franchise history in goals with 204. He won the Calder Trophy in 2011.

The Hurricanes are pleased with Pu. He’s coming off his fourth OHL season and split time with the Kingston Frontenacs and the London Knights. He seems set for the AHL this coming season and he’s spent time with Carolina prospect Jeremy Helvig in Kingston.

Pu signed an entry level deal with Buffalo in October of 2017 and has 210 career points in 232 career OHL games with Oshawa, London and Kingston.

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