Sabres sending Matt Hunwick to AHL on rehab assignment
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are sending Matt Hunwick to the minors on a rehabilitation assignment in the veteran defenseman's next step in recovering from a neck injury he sustained last summer.
Coach Phil Housley said Hunwick will play at least one and possibly two games for Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, New York. Rochester plays home games on Wednesday and Friday.
Refreshed Penguins eye another Stanley Cup run
LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo
LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
Sabres list Sheary week to week with upper body injury
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary is in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season with what the team calls an upper body injury.
Coach Phil Housley didn't go into much detail Tuesday, saying Sheary was injured while being checked during the first day of training camp on Friday. Sheary is listed week to week.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — See ya, Sid. Hello, Jack Eichel.
Once the shock of being traded wore off, Conor Sheary put aside his past of playing alongside Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, and began eagerly looking ahead to what might be in store with the Buffalo Sabres.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is drawing from his championship past in Pittsburgh to provide a boost in Buffalo.
The Sabres improved their top-six forward ranks by acquiring Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Penguins obtained a conditional 2019 fourth-round pick that could improve to a third-rounder in move that frees up $5.5 million of space under their salary cap before the NHL's free-agency period opens Sunday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Riley Sheahan to a $2.1 million, one-year contract.
General manager Jim Rutherford announced the signing Wednesday, hours after clearing salary-cap space by trading winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick to Buffalo for a conditional-fourth round pick.
Matt Hunwick generally garnered mostly positive reviews for his work in his first game back from a 12-game absence. But the assessment of his 12 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time in Thursday's overtime win at the New Jersey Devils wasn't unanimously positive.
Hunwick himself largely was unimpressed.
"I'd like to be a lot better," the Penguins defenseman said after Saturday's morning skate. "I didn't think I was very good (in Thursday's) game."
Mark Madden: Fitting Penguins’ pieces together after Derick Brassard trade
Last year, Kris Letang missed the playoffs. No problem.
This year, Ian Cole got traded. Big problem.
Such panicky sentiment got batted about by the hoi polloi in the wake of three consecutive Penguins losses that saw 17 goals surrendered. Buyer's remorse pervades discussion of the trade that fetched Derick Brassard from Ottawa but sacrificed Cole's penalty-killing and shot-blocking, qualities that have marked him as a bottom-pair defenseman, yes, but one that can't possibly be replaced.
Mike Sullivan often tells others that these Penguins are a prideful bunch. Perhaps that is never more evident than when their egos take their biggest bruisings.
Less than 48 hours after absorbing an 8-4 beatdown in Boston, the Penguins host a divisional opponent Saturday night and hope to snap a season-high-tying three-game losing streak.
During the Penguins' three-game losing streak, Matt Hunwick has been on the ice for 11 of the opponents' 17 goals, including nine at even strength. This despite playing in only about a quarter of the available minutes.
As such, Hunwick has become something of a fan lightning rod during this sour stretch for the Penguins, particularly in that it has come after the team traded Ian Cole — a move that necessitated Hunwick's regular playing time.
Rutherford shows faith in Penguins roster; deal with Patric Hornqvist nears
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford didn't make any major deals at Monday's NHL trade deadline.
Instead, he handed out votes of confidence.
To winger Patric Hornqvist, who is close to agreeing to a long-term contract extension.
To the defensemen at the bottom of the NHL depth chart, Matt Hunwick and Chad Ruhwedel, whose spots weren't taken by last-minute additions.
To prospect Daniel Sprong, who wasn't traded away in any deals for short-term rentals.
Streaking Taylor Hall, Devils end Penguins’ run at home
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Hall equaled the Devils' franchise record with points in 15 straight games, Stefan Noesen scored the only goal of the third period and New Jersey beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Noesen, playing in his 100th NHL game, broke a 2-2 tie with his ninth of the season five minutes into the third. He tipped Andy Greene's attempt from the side boards behind Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith.
Hunwick leads Penguins to overtime win against Islanders
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins defenseman Matt Hunwick made a decision to gamble in overtime.
Hunwick jumped up to join the play and created an odd-man situation for Pittsburgh that led to the winning goal.
Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting the Penguins over the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.
After celebrating a Stanley Cup championship for a second consecutive season, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Penguins' pending free agents to test the market and report back if they want to return.
Former Bruins star Marc Savard opens up about dark days dealing with concussions
At the age of 39, Marc Savard spent his final year listed on an NHL roster this season — on injured reserve with the New Jersey Devils, with his $4,021,429 salary cap hit meaningful only for accounting purposes. His playing career ended Jan. 22, 2011, when a mild hit into the glass by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick inflicted one last devastating concussion for the Bruins star center.
Hunwick, Holland each score twice, Maple Leafs rout Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Hunwick and Peter Holland each scored twice to help the Toronto Maple Leafs rout the Buffalo Sabres 8-1 on Friday night in exhibition play.
William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen, Rich Clune and Jake Gardner also scored for Toronto, coming off a 1-0 shootout loss to the Sabres on Thursday night in St. Catherines, Ontario. Frank Corrado had three assists.