Players reported for the first official day of Charlotte Checkers training camp on Friday, though he isn't sure what Skinner plans to do at this point:forward Jeff Skinner was not among them. He was one of 27 players assigned by the Hurricanes to their AHL affiliate on Sept. 15. The assignment assures his eligibility to play in the AHL if he so desires, but he is under no obligation to suit up for Charlotte. Checkers head coach Jeff Daniels says
"He’s still back in the Toronto area training," said Daniels. "He has the team’s consent, and we’ll see where things go from here."
Like Skinner, many players are still weighing their options while the NHL labor dispute drags on, and some have already chosen to play overseas. The NHL has already canceled its entire preseason schedule.
Skinner is coming off a season in which he scored 20 goals and added 24 assists for the Hurricanes. As a rookie in 2010-11, he played in all 82 of the team's games and reached the 30-goal plateau.