Five Things to Know about new Sabres left winger Conor Sheary:
1. He played on Sidney Crosby's line and will undoubtedly become Jack Eichel's left wing
The Sabres just made a big dent in their biggest hole, adding a speedy winger on the left side. Sheary is just 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds but can motor. And that's exactly what this team needs a lot more of. Playing with No. 87 more than qualifies Sheary to play with Eichel, who has needed someone to convert his passes.
2. Playoff experience
Sheary has played 57 postseason games in just three NHL seasons – and played 23 more in the AHL. He had six goals for the Penguins in their two Cup runs, none bigger than the Game 2 overtime winner against San Jose in 2016.
3. Sheary was undrafted out of UMass – and signed as a college free agent with Pittsburgh.
Who signed him? Then-Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill. Sheary had 35 points in 36 games as a sophomore at UMass but never scored more than 12 goals there. He had 20 goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15.
4. Sheary is signed for two years.
A cap hit of $3 million is more than reasonable, and will probably keep the Sabres away from the James van Riemsdyk/James Neal kind of free-agent signing.
5. The Penguins needed to clear some cap space, so Sheary was an odd man out.
The team signed Bryan Rust on Tuesday to a four-year, $14-million deal and is looking for help on defense and potentially a reunion with four-time Cup champion Chris Kunitz.