It’s that time again, everyone. The New York Islanders have made a roster move today, placing F Cory Conacher on waivers. The team has a logjam at forward and with three players currently on injured reserve (Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Casey Cizikas), the team needs roster space in order to bring any of them back. As is per custom here at Eyes on Isles, he gets his very own send-off in today’s “Bye, Felicia”.
Cory Conacher signed a one way, one year deal with the New York Islanders this summer, the summer known as “The Summer of Garth”. He was expected to be a top 9 forward out of camp, and initially did crack the top line to start the season. After a slow start, Cory was demoted, and never really recovered. He had been scratched a good portion of November, and was finally given the send down to waivers today, December 12. If he clears he will be assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. His stats this season were disappointing. Cory had totaled 15 games played, one goal, two assists, and amassed a plus/minus of -3. He also added 14 penalty minutes. In his career he has totaled 141 games played with 19 goals, 39 assists, and 84 penalty minutes. His place on the team however did not fit. With players vying for playing spots, he did not step his game up enough to warrant staying on the NHL roster. With Michael Grabner coming back from injury last week, Cory’s ticket to Bridgeport was all but punched, and off he goes. So although this particular writer was very excited to sign him over the summer, his place on this loaded team was expendable. From us here at Eyes on Isles, good luck the rest of the way Mr. Conacher, but you didn’t earn your stay. Bye, Felicia.