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Conacher's 'magic helmet' from Scott goes viral

By Mike Harrington

EDMONTON,  Alberta -- Cory Conacher got into a first-period scrum after a whistle Thursday with Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens and drew a roughing penalty for knocking the chirping Oilers' keeper to the ice.

Conacher went to the penalty box but his helmet went to the Buffalo bench for repairs. So referee Rob Martell brought Conacher a replacement and Conacher quickly noted the No. 32 of 6-foot-7 enforcer John Scott. TSN cameras caught Conacher putting the helment on and laughing while the oversized thing  stayed on his head in a scene that mde him look something like the Great Gazoo of Flintstones theme.

Conacher went on to score his first two goals as a Sabre in the 3-1 win. Some power in the magic helmet?

"If you know John Scott, he's that kind of guy," Conacher said. "He's a character guy. I wasn't surprised he was the one to give me his helmet. I'm sure I'll get a couple pictures and tweets of me with that picture three sizes too big."

Scott was surprised to learn Conacher's video had gone viral in places like Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog and SB Nation

"Is it really? Scott said. "Well he looked like a little kid. It was funny."

See what all the fuss is about below:

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.

Canisius product Conacher getting noticed for Senators

By John Vogl

As the Penguins get set to host the Senators tonight in Game Two, plenty of heads are turning toward Cory Conacher.

The Canisius product was a pest toward the Penguins in Game One, picking up three minors to bring his team-high total to 29 penalty minutes. He also leads the Sens with three goals. wrote about him heading into the second game, and here's a sampling of quotes from the story:

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With trade to Sens, Canisius' Conacher gains in standings, gets earlier trip back to Buffalo

By Mike Harrington

Cory Conacher is losing out on the Florida sun but he got a big jump in the standings and a much shorter trip to games for his family.

The former Canisius College star was traded Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Ottawa Senators for goalie Ben Bishop in one of the more interesting trades on deadline day.

Oddly enough, Conacher's debut with the Senators will come here Friday night against the Sabres. He had been scheduled to play the Buffalo homecoming game with Tampa on April 14. Conacher left Tampa Wednesday on a flight to Boston to join the Senators.

"I was counting down the days when I was with Tampa and the Tampa team play Buffalo in about a week. And now I get to play them sooner," Conacher said on Team 1200 Radio in Ottawa before boarding the flight. 

"So it's going to be a lot of fun to go to Buffalo to see some old friends from school, my old coach as well. It's going to be a fun little trip there, a fun start to my Ottawa career and hopefully we get a win there."

Click below to hear the entire Conacher interview

Cory Conacher

Tampa trades former Canisius star Conacher to Ottawa for goaltender; Sens visit Buffalo on Friday

By John Vogl

Cory Conacher, the former Canisius star who was named MVP of the AHL last season, is on his way to Ottawa.

Tampa has dealt the forward to the Senators, along with a fourth-round pick, in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop. The Sabres host Ottawa on Friday.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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