Monday, February 24, 2020

NHL Trade Revie: Penguins and Sabres make three player swap



       The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun.

        The Penguins are improving their depth by trading one NHL player for two. Sheary debuted with Pittsburgh, and won two Stanley Cups with them until being traded to Buffalo due to cap issues before the 2018-19 season. A former 20 goal scorer, Sheary has disappointed with the Sabres. He will take Kahun's roster spot. Kahun is a second year forward from the Czech Republic. He was acquired in the offseason from Chicago for Olli Maatta. While he is on an 82 game pace for a career high in points, the Penguins have scratched him frequently. Kahun will be an RFA at the end of the season. Sheary has familiarity with some of the teams brass, and played on a line with Sidney Crosby before. Pittsburgh can reunite Crosby and Sheary, or they can use Sheary as a depth option. Sheary will be a UFA at the end of the season. Rodrigues entered the season as an underrated bottom six player, but has had a bad season, paving his way out of Buffalo. He will be an RFA after the season.

         Sheary, 27, has scored nine goals with 10 assists for 19 points in 55 games for the Sabres this year. In his NHL career for the Sabres and Penguins Sheary has scored 71 goals with 75 assists for 146 points in 317 games.

         Rodrigues, 26, has scored five goals with four assists for nine points in 38 games for the Sabres this year. In his NHL career, all in Buffalo, Rodrigues has scored 26 goals with 45 assists for 71 points in 192 games.

         Kahun, 24, has scored 10 goals with 17 assists for 27 points in 50 games this year. In his NHL career for the Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks Kahun has scored 23 goals with 41 assists for 64 points in 132 games.

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