Sabres scratch struggling $72-million forward Jeff Skinner vs. Islanders

The Buffalo Sabers put Jeff Skinner on the bench after his dismal start to the NHL season. (Getty)
After a brutal start to the 2021 campaign, Jeff Skinner is a good scratch for the Buffalo Sabers' Monday night competition against the New York Islanders.
Forward Casey Mittelstadt will replace Skinner in the Sabers line-up.
Sabers head coach Ralph Krueger briefed the media that his squad was shuffled just hours before the puck drop and confirmed his decision to bank threats to bank their $ 72 million striker after Skinner's dismal start to the season. enforce.
"I just think it's good for Jeff to take a look at it from the outside and we have coaches who work and work with him to make him an even stronger player," said Krueger one late Monday Group of media members at Zoom afternoon.
The Sabers have been a disaster this season and Skinner was spot on for the ride.
Skinner is sitting on Jack Eichel's rumors
After Skinners led the Sabers in the 2018-19 season and posted personal career highs of 40 goals and 63 points, production has plummeted since signing an eight-year $ 72 million deal with the club. In 59 games last season, Skinner scored just 14 goals and 23 points.
This year Skinner has only managed to win a single assist through 14 competitions, while his TOI has dropped to under 14 minutes - almost five minutes less per game than two seasons ago.
The Sabers try just about anything in full-blown scramble mode as they currently work in the basement of the NHL's East Division, well behind a playoff spot. The rumors that Jack Eichel wants to get out of Buffalo tighten her place at the bottom of the ranking. Could you blame him for everything else?
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