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Report: Sabres to claim Conacher off waivers (Update: Official)

Mar 5, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have claimed former Ottawa forward Cory Conacher off waivers, according to Sportsnet. The move, while not confirmed, would make sense given new Buffalo GM Tim Murray is from the Sens organization — where he served as an assistant to his uncle, Bryan, who traded for Conacher last season.

Conacher, 24, was placed on the wire yesterday in something of a surprising move — the diminutive forward, who finished sixth in Calder voting last season, had struggled at times this season but still had 20 points in 59 games while averaging over 12 minutes a night.

Conacher is perhaps best known as the piece Ottawa acquired at the ’13 deadline in exchange for Ben Bishop. To say the trade has been lopsided is an understatement — Bishop has turned in a Vezina-caliber year in Tampa Bay, ranking among the league leaders in shutouts (four), wins (29), GAA (2.05) and save percentage (.932).

Conacher, meanwhile, struggled to find his niche in the Canadian capital before getting waived.

As for the financials, Buffalo inherits the last year of Conacher’s deal, one that carries a modest $871,250 cap hit. The move also represents something of a homecoming for Conacher, as he starred collegiately with Canisuis before turning professional.

Finally, it’s worth noting that waiver claims aren’t made official until 12 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: The Sabres have made the claim official.

  1. hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    And thank you, uncle Bryan…all seems suspicious.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I’m sure many teams put a claim in for this guy. This was a GM no brainer. Little risk for a chance for plenty of reward.

  3. uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I call shenanigans

  4. jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM


  5. hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    20 points in 59 games, plays with a lot of energy, good speed. Aside from being a little on the small side, who wouldn’t want that out of a 3rd liner?

    Ottawa, that’s who.

  6. uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    They consulted the CSIs b4 waiving goodbye to conacher.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      yeah, might as well bring that up again, seeing as how Ottowa was mentioned in this article.


    • uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Melynk provided us with the material. Ultimately its his undoing.

  7. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Will Buffalo try to trade him for a pick before the deadline?

    • hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Yes. To ottawa.

      • valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Ottawa just landed Hemsky.

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