The business week for the Pittsburgh Penguins continue. They have traded winger Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2019 conditional fourth-round pick.
It will become a third-round pick if Sheary scores 20 goals or records 40 points or if Buffalo trades Matt Hunwick before the 2019 NHL Draft.
This trade was to dump salary. Conor Sheary still has two years remaining on his contract and he is owed $3 million each season. Matt Hunwick also has two years remaining on his contract. He is owed $2.25 million each season.
In 79 games played last season, Sheary scored 18 goals and recorded 12 assists. His plus/minus was 2. In 12-playoff games, Conor Sheary was a disappearing act. He only recorded two assists and his plus/minus was -2.
Matt Hunwick played in 42 games last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He only scored four goals and recorded six assists. His plus/minus was -4. Hunwick wasn’t very good defensively and because of that, he didn’t play in one game during the 2017-2018 postseason.
With the Penguins having some cap room now, they will look to re-sign players like Riley Sheahan and Jamie Oleksiak. Pittsburgh is interested in signing defenseman Jack Johnson.
They could also try and trade for another player with value, but this could mean that signs are pointing to Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford signing Jake Guentzel to a contract extension this summer, instead of waiting until next summer when he becomes a restricted free agent.