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Carolina’s Skinner cool playing center or wing

Jeff Skinner

Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner (53) skates in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Saturday, April 27, 2013. The Penguins won 8-3.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Carolina’s Jeff Skinner arrived on the scene back in 2010 as a center. He’s also made some noise since then as a winger. So which will he play this season? It doesn’t matter to him.

Skinner spoke with Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer about what his role with the team will be this year and he’s willing to do whatever coach Kirk Muller wants.

“It’s up to them,” Skinner said of the coaching staff. “I don’t have to worry about that, which could be a good thing. They’ll put together the whole thing to everyone’s benefit and the team’s.

“I don’t have any bias as far as playing on this line or at wing. Once the season gets going things will fall into place.”

That’s probably good news considering Eric Staal and Jordan Staal shape up to be their top two centers and playing the skillful Skinner on the third line seems like a waste of time.

If he does wind up on the wing, figuring out if he should play on Eric’s side or Jordan’s would be Muller’s big question.

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