April 2, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a shot in front of the Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Tim Gleason (6) during the 3rd period at the PNC center. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Hurricanes Report

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My Opinion: At the beginning of the summer, I would have considered trading Skinner, but at this point I don’t believe it would make much of a difference.

The defense is much better than it was last season and the top four is respectable. The Canes would have also been able to sign a forward in free agency at the beginning of July to help replace Skinner’s production. At this point there is less of a market for wingers.

Skinner also figures to be on a scoring line with Elias Lindholm and another winger. I personally like this idea and believe it will bring depth to the Hurricanes’ offense next season. Losing Skinner would greatly hurt the Canes’ offense.

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