According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun. Sheary carries a cap hit of $3 million and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 while Rodrigues has one of $2 million and can become a restricted free agent the same day. Kahun makes $925,000 this season and can become a restricted free agent after the season.
Sheary and Rodrigues to Pitt for Kahun https://t.co/WJruFTUHqG
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
The Penguins dealt Sheary along with defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Sabres on June 27, 2018, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in last summer’s draft. With forward Jake Guentzel (shoulder) out for the remainder of the regular season, the Penguins get another reinforcement upfront after acquiring forward Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks earlier Monday and forward Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild on February 11.
Sheary, 27, has recorded nine goals, 19 points, and a -4 rating in 55 games with the Sabres this season. He has posted 71 goals, 146 points, and a +3 rating in 317 career NHL games with the Penguins and Sabres. Sheary played with captain Sidney Crosby during the Penguins’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2016. He has earned six goals, 19 points, and a -8 rating in 57 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Penguins. Sheary racked up four goals and 10 points in 23 games during the Penguins’ Cup run in 2016 before scoring two goals and seven points in 22 games during their 2017 run.
Sheary went undrafted. With Guentzel out, he could return to his spot with Crosby in the Penguins’ lineup.
Rodrigues, 26, has posted five goals, nine points, and a -8 rating in 38 games with the Sabres this season. In 192 career NHL games, all with the Sabres, he has recorded 26 goals, 71 points, and a -30 rating. He set career-highs in goals (nine), points (29), and games (74) last season. Rodrigues should fit into the Penguins’ bottom-six forward group.
The Sabres add a young and talented forward in Kahun, who was acquired along with a 2019 fifth-round pick in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Olli Maatta on June 15. He posted 10 goals, 27 points, and a +6 rating in 50 games this season but has been out recently due to an upper-body injury. Kahun is currently labeled as day-to-day. He could slot into the Sabres’ top-six forward group when he returns.
In 132 career NHL games with the Penguins and Blackhawks, the 24-year-old has posted 23 goals, 64 points, and a +16 rating.
The Sabres now have $7,303,274 left in cap space while the Penguins are currently $145,748 over the NHL salary cap.
By Harrison Brown