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Matt Hunwick: Five Things to Know

Five Things to Know about new Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick:

1. Buffalo will be his sixth stop

The 33-year-old defenseman has played for five NHL teams previously: the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was sixth among Pittsburgh defenseman in ice time last season, his only year with the Penguins, while scoring four goals and six assists in 42 games. He's never been a heavy point producer but has plenty of experience killing penalties over his 11-year career.

2. Pittsburgh kept him in the press box for its playoff run

Hunwick has 26 games of playoff experience but wasn't able to get on the ice for the Penguins in last year's 12-game postseason run. His best postseason statistically came in 2009-10, when he notched six assists in 13 games with the Bruins.

3. He's coming off a concussion-shortened season

Hunwick was out for 15 games last season after suffering a concussion in practice in the middle of October. He made his mark in his first game back, scoring Pittsburgh's lone goal while shorthanded in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

4. He's another lefty on a loaded side

The Sabres defensive corps won't be even in handedness barring some drastic changes. Hunwick is the latest left-handed defenseman on a roster already featuring five lefties with a shot at making the team: Rasmus Dahlin, Marco Scandella, Jake McCabe, Nathan Beaulieu and Brendan Guhle.

5. His cap hit isn't tough to swallow

The Penguins are tight on cap space and are looking to be buyers this summer, making Wednesday's trade appealing for them as a cap-cutting move. However, Hunwick isn't a huge burden for a Sabres team with a bit more room. He is signed for two more years at just $2.25 million per season.

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