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Sabres make deal with Penguins

Conor Sheary is one of the players heading from Pittsburgh to Buffalo.
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres have made a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins just days before the NHL free agency period begins.

Buffalo sent a fourth-round conditional draft pick to the Penguins in exchange for forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick.

“Conor has proven himself to be a reliable forward with an ability to come through in big games, whose playoff experience speaks for itself,” General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Conor and Matt will bring a winning pedigree to our team, and we expect them both to complement our group very well.”

The move comes just a few days after the Sabres picked defesman Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL entry draft.

NHL free agency begins on Sunday.