Sounds like Cory Conacher is headed overseas.
Conacher, the diminutive forward that broke onto the NHL scene during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, has reportedly signed with SC Bern of the Swiss League — a team that’s coached by his former Tampa Bay bench boss, Guy Boucher.
Conacher enjoyed his greatest NHL success under Boucher in ’13, scoring 24 points in 35 games before being traded to Ottawa at the deadline (in exchange for Ben Bishop.) Conacher finished sixth in Calder voting that season but failed to match the same level of success in subsequent years — after failing to establish himself with the Sens, he moved to Buffalo, then to the Islanders, before finishing off with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica.
News of Conacher’s move, first reported by Utica’s PR staff, means his time with the Canucks organization is over — for now. A pending RFA, Conacher’s rights can be retained should Vancouver make him a qualifying offer.
The 25-year-old did enjoy some success with the Comets this year, scoring 16 points in 20 regular season games, then eight in 23 playoff appearances.