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Sens put Canisius product Conacher on waivers; does Tim Murray put in a claim?

By Mike Harrington

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Ottawa Senators have put former Canisius College star Cory Conacher on waivers and have reportedly done likewise with veteran defenseman Joe Corvo.

The Sabres have already made waiver claims this year for the likes of Matt D'Agostini and Zenon Konopka and essentially took a flyer on Linus Omark, trying him for a conditional draft pick that was not sent to Edmonton because Omark didn't play 15 games with Buffalo. 

GM Tim Murray, of course, came from Ottawa so he would have full knowledge on Conacher. It would seem to make sense for the Sabres to put in the claim.

Throw out the fact that Conacher starred in college, becoming Canisus' all-time leader in goals and points. His 20 points with Ottawa would make him the Sabres' sixth-leading scorer. And his cap hit is just $871,250.

Conacher, 24, has been a disappointment in Ottawa this year with just four goals and 16 assists in 59 games. The disappointment is magnified by the fact the Sens gave up goaltender Ben Bishop to get him and Bishop thrived into the starter in Tampa Bay.

Conacher was a revelation for the Lightning last year with a fast start after the lockout, and had nine goals and 24 points in 35 games before getting traded to Ottawa. 

Should the Sabres put in the claim? Vote below.


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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