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Edmonton Oilers land the last decade's most underrated goal scorer


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July 2, 2024  (5:06 PM)
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Jeff Skinner with the Buffalo Sabres
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After being targeted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Edmonton Oilers landed one of the most underrated goal-scorers from the Buffalo Sabres: Jeff Skinner.

The Edmonton Oilers were very close to bringing Lord Stanley back north to Canada this year. After pulling themselves up from a 3-0 deficit to a Game 7, the Florida Panthers took home the Cup.
"Hockey runs through Florida 🌴

2020 — Lightning win Stanley Cup
2021 — Lightning win Stanley Cup
2022 — Lightning reach Stanley Cup
2023 — Panthers reach Stanley Cup
2024 — Panthers win Stanley Cup"

Unsurprisingly, Edmonton tried to swing hard when free agency went into effect. One of their big hits included landing a high-caliber goal-scorer from the Buffalo Sabres. This was none other than Jeff Skinner, who signed for one year to a $3 million contract.
"WINNER WINNER JEFF SKINNER 🚨

The #Oilers have signed forward Jeff Skinner to a one-year, $3 million contract."

However, Edmonton was not the only Canadian team looking to sign Skinner. According to Chris Johnston, leadership with the Toronto Maple Leafs pitched the idea of playing with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.
"Chris Johnston on TCJS says Leafs talked to Jeff Skinner, pitched him on the idea of playing next to Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, ultimately he chose Edmonton."

According to reports, Skinner was initially offered more money by Toronto than Edmonton. This adds another name to the list of players who cared more about playing with McDavid than the paycheck.
"Skinner offered more by the Leafs

Arvidsson had an offer from the Flames

Henrique had an offer for more from the Lightning

Debrusk wanted to sign but top lines were full so settled for the Canucks

✨The McDavid Effect✨"

With much of their lineup back for the next season and some new stars on that team, the Edmonton Oilers will likely be a major force in the next Stanley Cup playoffs. Whether it is enough to clinch the Cup next year, however, will have to remain a mystery.
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Edmonton Oilers land the last decade's most underrated goal scorer

Will Jeff Skinner win a Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers?

Yes, this season14018.3 %
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