The Buffalo Sabres and winger Jeff Skinner are expected to meet and discuss a new contract over the next few days, head coach Ralph Krueger told TSN’s Darren Dreger during an appearance on the ‘Dreger Cafe’ at the World Championships in Slovakia.
“Quite clearly, those conversations are important and they are going to happen here in the next few days,” Krueger said. “It’s important for us to see the value in Jeff, what he’s done and how he embraced being in Buffalo and became a friend to the players on the team.
“Those are conversations we need to have now. They’re never easy but Jason has definitely asked me to be a part of that process, which I enjoy.”
Skinner set a career high with 40 goals and matched a personal best with 63 points this past season with the Sabres. He was acquired last August in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, and found plenty of success skating alongside captain Jack Eichel and fellow winger Sam Reinhart on the top line.
Krueger also met with Eichel while at the World Championships and discussed hockey and leadership with the Sabres’ young captain.
You can watch Krueger’s full conversation about the Sabres with Dreger at the link below. Their chat about Skinner’s future begins around the 8:20 mark.