Cory Conacher LW VAN 9 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 VAN 9 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 VAN 11 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 VAN 11 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."

Cory Conacher LW VAN 12 Months

Cory Conacher was credited with a goal on Saturday as a direct result of him hooking Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone.

There was a delayed penalty for Conacher's actions. Tampa Bay consequently pulled its goaltender, but an errant Steven Stamkos pass ended up in the team's empty net. Conacher was credited with the goal, his seventh of the season.

Cory Conacher LW VAN Dec 31 '79

Cory Conacher, who had been playing on the Sabres' top line alongisde Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, was shifted to Buffalo's second unit Thursday.

He played with Cody Hodgson and Torrey Mitchell on the team's second unit and promptly scored his first two goals as a Sabre. Look for Buffalo coach Ted Nolan to keep his top two forward lines intact for Sunday's game against the Canucks. Keep an eye on Conacher. Despite his slow start with the Sabres we think he may have some fantasy value going forward.

Cory Conacher LW VAN Dec 30 '79

Cory Conacher scored two goals and registered an assist to lead the Sabres to a 3-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night at Rexall Place.

Conacher, claimed off waivers by Buffalo from the Ottawa Senators on March 5, had four goals all season going into the game. He had not scored since Dec. 28. Drew Stafford also scored for the Sabres.

Cory Conacher LW VAN Dec 19 '79

Cory Conacher earned an assist in his Buffalo debut in Sunday's 2-1 loss against Chicago.

He helped set up the Sabres' only goal of the game by Drew Stafford. Linemate Tyler Ennis also picked up an assist on the play. If Conacher can continue to produce then he may be worth taking a flier on down the stretch.

Cory Conacher LW VAN Dec 17 '79

Cory Conacher should have his immigration issues sorted out by Saturday and will make his Buffalo debut Sunday against Chicago.

Conacher, who was claimed off waivers from the Senators Wednesday, has some final paperwork to attend to before he is eligible to play in the U.S. He should get some meaningful playing time in Buffalo and we would put him on a watch list.

Cory Conacher LW VAN Dec 16 '79

Cory Conacher will miss Friday's game due to immigration issues.

The Buffalo Sabres claimed Conacher off of waivers from the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. After a successful rookie campaign, he has just four goals and 20 points in 60 contests in 2013-14.