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Looks like Sabreland can breathe a sigh of relief.

June 7, 2019, 9:25 PM ET [1849 Comments]
Michael Pachla
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To say it's been rough and rocky travelling for the Buffalo Sabres and their fanbase is an understatement. We know of the NHL's longest playoff drought now at eight years and we know of the turmoil behind the bench and in the front office. To add insult to injury all three "cornerstone" young vets former GM Tim Murray paid handsomely for are gone. All three were in the post season this year and one of them, Ryan O'Reilly, has really got this town in a frenzied state as he and the St Louis Blues are one game away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.

And if that wasn't enough, O'Reilly is in the Conn Smythe conversation and the Canadian media is about to anoint him Saint Maple Leaf.

Such is the life of a Sabres fan these days.

However, there seems to be some good news on the horizon as TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted out, "BUF and Jeff Skinner, who is a pending UFA, are closing in on an eight-year extension. It’s expected to have an AAV of $9M or thereabouts."

It's a huge move for the Sabres and general manager Jason Botterill. With every passing day security at the Peace Bridge was tightening as authorities feared the worst if Skinner walked.

It doesn't look as if that's happening and if the signing occurs, all Sabres fans will have left to quabble about is whether Skinner, Buffalo's first 40-goal scorer in a decade, is worth the contract.

Which is great. Beats the alternative.
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