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Cam Ward

Hurricanes' Skinner tries to ignore the rumors about his future

It would have been hard, if not impossible, for Jeff Skinner to ignore all the NHL trade speculation this summer.

Every week, it seemed, Skinner's name was being mentioned and the Carolina Hurricanes forward was said to be "available" for a trade.

The Twitterverse was aflame during the NHL draft in late June in Florida. For a few days, a deal involving Skinner appeared to be a given.

But it's September. On Friday, he put in another informal skate with Hurricanes teammates at Raleigh Center Ice, then settled back in the locker room under a stall with a "Skinner" nameplate.

"There's not much I can do about it,"...