Sabres' Sheary said he wasn't expecting a trade

June 28, 2018

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Conor Sheary had never been traded until Wednesday morning when he was sent to the Sabres. Sheary said he was taken a bit by surprise, “I was driving home from the gym and got a call from Billy Guerin and he informed me that I was traded to Buffalo and initially I was just in shock, but as I looked at the positives, I’m super excited with the new chapter I have in my life.”

Sheary won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and he said he can bring that with him to Buffalo, “The experience I had there will help me tremendously and if I can bring just a little of that experience and playoff experience into the locker-room, try to change the culture, I think that will be a good thing.

“There are a lot of young players and really good players in Buffalo’s system right now and if I can just be a leader on the ice and in the room that will help the team for sure.”

Sheary had the opportunity to, at times, play on a line with Sidney Crosby. He said he learned a lot, “He’s a lead by example guy, just watching him on the ice and watching his work ethic and how he takes care of himself, it was a great learning experience for me, so he definitely taught me a lot.”

Jason Botterill has spoken on how good a player Sheary is 5-on-5. The winger said, “I create a lot of turnovers with my quickness and with my stick and I think doing that 5-on-5 is especially important and if I can continue to do that and continue to create chances, I think I can really help this team.”

Sheary scored 18 goals in 79 games after putting the puck in the net 23 times in 61 games the year before. He said there could be a reason for the drop-off, “Early on in the year I felt like I was playing my game and then I went through a tough 40 games stretch where I wasn’t doing much and I wasn’t creating chances and I think I just got away from my game and I lost a little bit of confidence and I think that’s really important in this league to play with confidence and stick to your game and not try to do something else and I fell into that trap.

“I think toward the end of the year I found myself again and hopefully I can build on that moving into next year.”