Both sides are "solely focused" on getting an extension done, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports. He adds that Skinner's camp and the Sabres are having "some good conversations," but there's still work to be done.
Unlike the situation with Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and the Ottawa Senators, the trade deadline isn't a factor in the Skinner negotiations because he has a full no-move clause and there's been no indication he wants to go anywhere else, according to LeBrun.
Skinner is in the final season of the six-year, $34.35-million pact he inked with the Carolina Hurricanes in summer 2012.
He'll likely receive a sizable raise, as entering Thursday's action the winger ranks second in the NHL with 34 goals in 56 games.
Buffalo acquired the 26-year-old from the Hurricanes last offseason in exchange for prospect Cliff Pu and three draft picks.