With only a few days to go before teams have to submit their protection lists for next week’s Seattle expansion draft, NHL general managers are making whatever moves they can to protect as many young players as possible.
Earlier this week, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson waived his no-movement clause to agree to be exposed to the Kraken which will enable GM Joe Sakic to protect either Devon Toews or Ryan Graves.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that the Buffalo Sabres requested Jeff Skinner to do the same and the veteran winger agreed.
“I spoke with Kevyn Adams Tuesday morning, whereby he asked if Jeff would waive his no-move clause in relation to the expansion draft,” agent Don Meehan said per the Athletic’s John Vogl. “Jeff then agreed and I advised Buffalo.”
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Skinner is entering the third year of an eight-year, $72 million contract with the Sabres and in the past has expressed no desire to leave Buffalo.
The waiving of the NMC is likely due to the fact that Seattle GM Ron Francis is unlikely to select a player with a lengthy term and $9 million cap hit and enables Adams to protect a young forward like Anders Bjork, Rasmus Asplund, or Tage Thompson.