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Conacher to make Sabres debut tonight

Mar 9, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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After starting his NHL career with 24 points in 35 games with Tampa Bay, Cory Conacher‘s NHL career has been on a steep decline since he was dealt to Ottawa.

His tenure with the Senators ended when he was claimed off wiavers on Wednesday. Now the 24-year-old forward is getting ready to start the next chapter of his career tonight with the Buffalo Sabres.

“We’ll put him probably with Tyler Ennis to begin with and see how it goes,” Ted Nolan told the Buffalo News.

The Sabres could certainly use the help right now. They’ve traded away Ryan Miller, Brayden McNabb, Steve Ott, and Matt Moulson and recently lost forwards Zemgus Girgensons, Chris Stewart, and Torrey Mitchell to injuries. That’s on top of defenseman Rostislav Klesla refusing to play for Buffalo after the team acquired him.

Buffalo will play against Chicago tonight (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

  1. chanceoffleury - Mar 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I feel like if an offense powerhouse like Chicago or Anaheim or Pittsburgh gets a hold of him he could become relevant again. He’s obviously got potential. I’ll be surprised if he excels in Buffalo. He’s a little guy so it seems he needs an offensive star to bounce off of if he is going to make an impact. Right now Buffalo just doesn’t have that. He obviously hasn’t proved to be a game changer all on his own. But on the same note I think he could turn out to be a hidden gem if the right team sends a pick or something small to Buffalo to land him. Shoot, maybe Tampa takes a chance and picks him up again. If he can keep up with a top line, he could really be a life saver for Pittsburgh or Chicago or somebody who’ll end up tight against the cap if it goes down but still needs options for their star players to bounce off of.

    • chanceoffleury - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Hmmm, I see my attempt at convincing the other 29 teams in the NHL Conacher would be a waste of time so that the Pens could selfishly have him all to themselves with no competition has failed.

      *Mental note: must work on the “Pens are the oooooonly logical option for Conacher” argument over next 12 months. Clearly needs work. A lot of work.*

  2. djshnooks - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Yeah let him get lost on a good team, rather than shining as a star on a bad team. Clearly you have no clue what re-building is…that’s why they got him.

    Not to mention Buffalo has beaten teams like Boston, San Jose, etc, lately. Lol…without any of those players.

    Conacher is fine in Buffalo…and they do have a lot of talent, it’s just all in te developmental stages right now. Give it 3-5 years, this will be a powerhouse of a team.

    Especially with Reinhart and McDavid.

  3. djshnooks - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Speaking of Conacher on the first line…

    Stafford, Ennis, Conacher is a good line…not an ideal first line, but all 3 of them would be top-six players on other teams. Staff and Enner are first round picks. I like the looks of that line a lot. I would build around those players, maybe not Stafford as he is part of the old core, but replacing him with Stewart would look good too.

    Also, Patrick Kane will come home in 2015…mark my words, I’m calling it now.

    • pfhockey - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      Stafford =/= Top 6 player
      Ennis = Fringe top 6
      Conacher =/= top 6 atm.
      What kind of hockey do you watch?

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