Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick were traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Wednesday.
Sheary, a 26-year-old forward, had 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) in 79 regular-season games this season and two assists in 12 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has two seasons remaining on a three-year, $9 million contract (average annual value $3 million) and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020.
“Conor has proven himself to be a reliable forward with an ability to come through in big games, whose playoff experience speaks for itself,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said. “Conor and Matt will bring a winning pedigree to our team, and we expect them both to complement our group very well.”
Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent July 1, 2015, Sheary has 93 points (48 goals, 45 assists) in 184 regular-season games and 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 57 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.
Hunwick, a 33-year-old defenseman, had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 42 games with the Penguins after signing a three-year contract (average annual value $2.25 million) with Pittsburgh on July 1, 2017. He has 117 points (25 goals, 92 assists) in 521 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Penguins.