Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/5/14
Cory Conacher put on a brave face as the cameras lined up in front of him just a couple hours after he learned the Ottawa Senators were placing him on waivers. The 5-8, 180-pound winger, who arrived just one trade deadline ago from Tampa Bay in exchange for goalie Ben Bishop, said that it was just business, that he’d been underestimated before, but he was clearly disappointed. “My whole career has been about proving people wrong,” said Conacher, who has been a decent possession player while posting four goals and 16 assists in limited work (12:20 average ice time) this season. “I love Ottawa and I love the team, and it’s going to be tough, whether I get picked up or not, to leave these guys.” If Conacher isn’t claimed on waivers, the Senators will be able to send him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton. “If I get sent down, if I get picked up, whatever it is, I’m going to do my best to stay in this league and, if I’m not in the league, I’m going to get better every day to get back here.” A waiver claim seems more likely for a 24-year-old who was a Calder Trophy contender last season after playing much of the year alongside Steven Stamkos in Tampa. His contract isn’t costly — he’s still on a two-way that pays him $70,000 in the AHL, versus $925,000 in the National Hockey League — and he’s a restricted free agent at the end of the season. For a lower-tier team like the Buffalo Sabres, for example, he might just be worth what little risk there is in picking him up.
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