Sabres acquire Sheary and Hunwick from Penguins

Buffalo trades a conditional fourth round pick to Pittsburgh

Paul Hamilton
June 27, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Photo: Charles LeClaire - USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres have acquired winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2019 conditional fourth round pick.

The pick can reportedly become a 2019 third round pick if Sheary scores 20 goals or 40 points, or if Hunwick is traded before the 2019 Entry Draft.

Jason Boterrill knows Sheary very well from his Pittsburgh days and said in a release, “Conor has proven himself to be a reliable forward with an ability to come through in big games, whose playoff experience speaks for itself.

"Conor and Matt will bring a winning pedigree to our team, and we expect them both to complement our group very well.”

The Sabres looked to bolster their forward depth, where Sheary can add some secondary scoring. Sheary, 26, is coming off of a season where he tallied 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) in 79 games. Sheary has 93 points (48 goals, 45 assists) in 184 NHL games over three seasons. That averages out to 21 goals and 41 points over 82 games.

Sheary was undrafted after four seasons at UMass-Amherst.

The Sabres also took in Hunwick, who appeared in 42 games for Pittsburgh last year. The 32-year-old blue-liner is not known for putting points on the scoresheet, as he has 117 points in 521 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, the Rangers and Colorado.

Hunwick was a seventh round pick of the Bruins in 2004 ouf of Michigan.

This trade is a salary dump for Pittsburgh as it saves $5.25 million with the trade.

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