It appears Cory Conacher is on the move again for the second straight NHL trade deadline after the Buffalo Sabres claimed the forward off waivers today.
Buffalo picked up Conacher off waivers.
— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) March 5, 2014
The Ottawa Senators placed Conacher on waivers yesterday a year after acquiring him at the deadline to clear up room ahead of today’s deadline. Conacher has
vastly under performed since the Senators acquired him exchange for Ben Bishop last year at the trade deadline. Conacher has just 4 goals in 59 games this season and hasn’t been able to find his grove in Ottawa.
He had his best season in Tampa Bay playing alongside Steven Stamkos where he was a candidate for rookie of the year.
Tim Murray was apart of the deal that brought Conacher to Ottawa and knows the 24 year old forward quite well having seen him play in Ottawa. Hopefully a change of scenery can help Conacher get back to his scoring ways and this waiver claim works out for the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.
At 5 foot 8, Conacher is a smaller forward but he has great speed and the ability to put up points if paired with the right line mates. Conacher went undrafted and played for both the Rochester Americans and Norfolk Admirals in the AHL before being brought up to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As soon as Conacher was placed on waivers it was believed the Sabres had immediate interest, as they were interested in Conacher at last years deadline and Murray has seen him first hand. Conacher is a low risk with high potential pick up and may turn out to be one of Murray’s best moves today. For anyone wondering here is Cory Conachers twitter account.
It is believed Murray and the Sabres would like to keep their upcoming prospects in the AHL for the remainder of this season and acquiring Conacher helps fill a roster spot for any move made today, allowing the Sabres to keep prospects in the AHL.