The Sabres‘ offseason makeover is well underway.
After drafting Rasmus Dahlin first overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, general manager Jason Botterill continued to reshape Buffalo’s roster by landing winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in exchange for a conditional 4th-round 2019 draft pick.
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“Conor has proven himself to be a reliable forward with an ability to come through in big games, whose playoff experience speaks for itself,” Botterill said in a Sabres press release. “Conor and Matt will bring a winning pedigree to our team, and we expect them both to complement our group very well.”
A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Sheary was instrumental to the Penguins’ last two Cup wins and scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against Sharks.
In 184 regular season games with Pittsburgh, the 26-year-old Sheary recorded 48 goals and 45 assists for 93 points. The former undrafted free agent out of UMass finished the 2017-18 campaign with 18 goals and 12 assists.
Hunwick is a veteran blueliner who has played for five NHL clubs before being acquired the Sabres. The Michigan native played in 42 games for Pittsburgh last season, recording 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points.
The 33-year-old has suited up in 521 career games and has recorded 117 points (25 goals, 92 assists)