ON THE BOOK OF LIFE
After the team was eliminated by the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round of the 2023 playoffs — Skinner placed a lot of blame on himself. Poetically, he finished with this statement: “This is obviously part of the book that one day we’re all going to write. This is a chapter where it stings and it sucks and it’s painful.”
PUT THIS ON A T-SHIRT
Does the boss tell you that you haven’t been productive enough? Come back to work the next day with this on a t-shirt. From Skinner, when he was asked about his save percentage during the Oilers’ tough start to the ’23-’24 campaign.
“Goalies know how to play — and numbers lie.”
OR PUT THIS ON A T-SHIRT
Skinner was asked when he thought he would have the goaltending position mastered.
“I’ll have to tell you when I’ve figured it out, which might be never.”
Words to live by, no matter what you do. It’s OK if you’re burning those Anthony Robbins books, now.
A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
It’s one of the most clichéd, and boring, questions that reporters ask goaltenders. How do you respond after a goal goes in? Honestly, a decent and acceptable answer to this lazy question would be “f—you,” but Skinner came back with this in the 2022-23 campaign.
“If you think about it this year, there’s one shutout I’ve got, so every game I’m letting in a goal, right? I’ve had lots of practice rebounding from goals against.”
(He’s got two shutouts so far this season).
THE GREATEST HIT
OK, maybe recency bias plays into it, but in a media scrum a week ago, Skinner was asked about the pressure of being a goalie — about hearing the criticism and boo-birds.
“To be honest, that is the dream. Sometimes, being heckled is an incredible honour.
“Some people will say I suck, and that’s great. I’m going to keep working on my game. I get to play the game that I love to play.”
Savvy AF. Blunt AF. Edmonton AF.