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Skinner not with Charlotte as AHL team opens camp

Friday, 09.28.2012 / 4:15 PM / News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner was not with the Charlotte Checkers when the AHL affiliate opened training camp on Friday.

Checkers coach Jeff Daniels told the Hurricanes' website that Skinner -- who was assigned to Charlotte on Sept. 15 -- is not expected to be with the team when it holds its first on-ice session on Saturday.

"He's still back in the Toronto area, training," Daniels said. "He has the team's consent, and we'll see where things go from here."

Though the Hurricanes officially assigned Skinner to Charlotte along with 27 other players, the move only served to guarantee Skinner’s AHL eligibility.

"If [the work stoppage] drags on and he decides he wants to play some games, Charlotte will be an option for him," Daniels said.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round