Cory Conacher LW NYI 2 Months

Conacher cleared waivers Saturday and has been loaned to AHL Bridgeport.

Once a promising prospect for the Lightning, Conacher has fallen on hard times while spending the last two seasons with the Senators, Sabres, and Islanders, tallying 29 points in 94 games. An extended stay in the minors might be exactly what he needs at this time to get his career back on track.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 2 Months

Conacher was waived by the Islanders on Friday.

Given the chance to claim a top-line role for the Islanders early in the season, Conacher squandered the opportunity before soon becoming a routine healthy scratch. He ended up appearing in 15 games, producing just three points. He'll likely head to AHL Bridgeport once he passes through waivers.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 3 Months

Conacher will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Kings, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

After starting the season on the Isles' top line, Conacher has seen his stock tumble considerably in the last couple of weeks. He was recently dropped to bottom-six duty and will now be headed to the press box for the first time this season. It remains to be seen if he'll become a regular healthy scratch for the Islanders, but Conacher doesn't seem to be on the cusp of gaining much value any time soon.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 3 Months

Conacher's outing against the Sharks on Saturday came to a premature end, after he finished the game in the penalty box when he was assessed a 10-minute misconduct.

It initially looked like an injury might result in an early exit for Conacher, as he was forced to the locker room temporarily in third period upon taking an elbow to the head from Jason Demers. He quickly returned and was charged with the penalty thereafter, resulting in him seeing less than 10 minutes of action on the night. Conacher has been averaging 14:25 of ice time over 11 games this season, but that number figures to fall in subsequent contests, with the Isles deciding to replace him on the top line with Brock Nelson.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 3 Months

Conacher collected an assist in Saturday's 7-5 win over the Stars.

Conacher was able to win a spot on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, but that favorable position has yet to bear fruit for the former Ottawa Senator. He's mustered only two points and 15 shots on goal in eight games, putting him at risk of getting moved to the Isles' bottom-six ranks.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 4 Months

Conacher has impressed the Islanders with his play so far this preseason, according to Newsday.

Conacher had a goal and assist Tuesday versus Boston while playing on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. While he is unlikely to stay on that line if he makes the team, it looks like he has done enough to at warrant consideration to break camp with the team.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 7 Months

Cory Conacher has inked a one-year, $600,000 contract with the New York Islanders.

Conacher became an unrestricted free agent after the Buffalo Sabres passed on the opportunity to qualify him. He still might end up establishing himself as a top-six forward, but he's far from a safe bet.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 7 Months

Cory Conacher will be an unrestricted free agent.

He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Sabres, so he can sign with any team at noon on Tuesday. Conacher had three goals and six points in 19 games with Buffalo after he was claimed off waivers from Ottawa.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 9 Months

At the age of 24, Cory Conacher is already on his third NHL team, but he's hoping that he can stick with Buffalo.

"I want to be with this team longer than I've been with Tampa and Ottawa," Conacher said. "I want to help this team win games. I want to be part of the solution that Tim Murray and Teddy Nolan are planning with this team." That will depend on whether Sabres GM Murray wants to make Conacher a qualifying offer before he becomes a free agent. Conacher had a strong start to his career in Tampa Bay when he was playing alongside Steven Stamkos, but the Lightning traded him and his tenure with Ottawa ended with him being waived. He had just seven goals and 26 points in 79 contests as a sophomore.

Cory Conacher LW NYI 9 Months

Cory Conacher notched three goals and three assists in 19 games with the Buffalo Sabres after he was claimed off waivers from Ottawa on March 5.

He didn't have a point in his last eight games and his ice time dropped as a result. Conacher had also been drawing plenty of penalties, but in Buffalo he wasn't as effective. He was assessed eight penalties in Buffalo and drew only nine. Conacher wants to get back on track next season. "Maybe I came in in a tough situation, but it's always exciting to come back to Buffalo," he said. "I played here four years, and it's so close to home. This is a team that's going to be exciting in the near future. Obviously, right now we're rebuilding, but I don't think that rebuilding stage will last very long with this team."