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Cory Conacher | Winger | #89

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 182
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Cory Conacher described returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning as a "dream come true."
In addition to having prior experience with Tampa Bay, this signing also reunited Conacher with former AHL Norfolk coach Jon Cooper and teammates Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and Tyler Johnson. They all won the Calder Cup together in 2011-12. "I'm signing for the opportunity," Conacher said. "If it was another team where I didn't know the players or the coaches as well I would have to think about it. But I know Tampa. I know the system. I know how Coop coaches. It's a system where I can thrive." Conacher struggled in the NHL after Tampa Bay traded him, but it will be interesting to see if a return to the Lightning proves to be the spark that he needs. Jul 21 - 10:24 AM

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Cory Conacher has inked a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The deal is one-way, so Conacher's guaranteed that salary even if he doesn't make the Lightning's opening game roster. Conacher last played in Tampa Bay during the 2012-13 campaign when he scored nine goals and 24 points in 35 contests as a rookie. The Lightning cashed in on his initial success by dealing him along with a 2013 fourth round pick (Tobias Lindberg) to Ottawa in exchange for Ben Bishop. However, while Bishop shined in Tampa Bay, Conacher saw a rapid decline. He spent the majority of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors, but he did record 22 goals and 52 points in 48 Swiss league games last season, so perhaps he's primed for a comeback with the only NHL team he ever saw much success with.
Jul 14 - 4:32 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Cory Conacher from the New York Islanders in exchange for Dustin Jeffrey.

Conacher has five goals and 22 points in 25 AHL games in 2014-15. He is capable of chipping in offensively at the NHL level, but he's been stuck in the minors since mid-December. Perhaps the Canucks will give him a chance to bounce back. He'll be worth keeping an eye on if they do.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 02:12:00 PM

There were no takers for Cory Conacher, as he cleared waivers after being demoted by the New York Islanders.

After a hot start to his NHL career in which he generated 24 points in 35 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012-13, he's bounced around the league, not really finding his footing. He generated three points and 14 PIM in 15 games with the Islanders this season, failing to stick with John Tavares' top line in a brief audition. He may be the classic "too good for the AHL, not good enough for the NHL" type.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 12:33:00 PM

Cory Conacher has been placed on waivers by the New York Islanders.

Conacher has three points and 14 penalty minutes in 15 games this season. He's only played in one game since Nov. 15, so it's not surprising to see him waived. At the same time, it has been an unfortunate decline for Conacher, who started his career with 24 points in 35 contests with Tampa Bay in 2013.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Cory Conacher and Matt Donovan will be healthy scratches in Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Conacher has played just five times since Halloween, tallying an assist in just over 53 minutes of ice time. Well below what was expected for the 80-point scorer for the Norfolk Admirals. Matt Donovan has only appeared in five games this season, and appears to be well behind in the depth chart despite the Islanders' battered blue line.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Cory Conacher will continue to be a healthy scratch Saturday night versus the Devils.

Conacher hasn't seen game action since November 15th and will once again be on the sidelines versus New Jersey. Conacher has just three points in 14 games for the Isles in 2014. Matt Donovan and Brian Strait will be on defense tonight with Johnny Boychuk and Lubomir Visnovsky unable to dress due to injuries.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Islanders trio of Cory Conacher, Matt Donovan, and Brian Strait to be healthy scratches again Monday night.

The Islanders have rolled with the same lineup the last two games when they've defeated the Penguins, so why not go with the same group again Monday night? Conacher has just three points in 14 games and Strait has recorded an assist in 11 games for the Isles. Donovan has yet to crack the Islanders lineup this year.
Source: NHL.com
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 05:53:00 PM

Cory Conacher, Matt Donovan and Brian Strait will all be healthy scratches Saturday night versus Pittsburgh.

Just as Friday night, Saturday night too will see this trio in the stands as healthy scratches. After all, the Isles did beat Pittsburgh 5-4 on Friday night, and with Chad Johnson in net.
Source: NHL.com
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 06:39:00 PM

Cory Conacher, Matt Donovan and Brian Strait will all be healthy scratches Friday night against Pittsburgh.

After thumping Tampa Bay 5-2 on Wednesday night, Coach Capuano is simply going with the winning lineup here. In case you haven't noticed, the Islanders have won six of their last seven games and trail Pittsburgh by just three points in the Metropolitan.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 06:20:00 PM

Cory Conacher has been scratched against his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Conacher, who originally had signed as a free agent in 2011 and traded to Ottawa two years later for Ben Bishop, has been scratched by Coach Capuano along with Matt Donovan and Brian Stait.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 07:24:00 PM

Cory Conacher was back in the Islanders lineup Saturday after being a healthy scratch on Friday.

He replaced the injured Cal Clutterbuck. Conacher has seen action on all lines this season but a lack of production has made him a bottom-six forward when in the lineup. He has a goal and two assists with a minus-four rating in 14 games after going minus-one last night.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:44:00 AM

Cory Conacher will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

The Islanders altered their lines to make room for Josh Bailey (hand). Conacher has a goal and three points in 13 games this season.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Cory Conacher will play on Tuesday after spending two games in the press box.

"Cory is one of those guys that works hard, goes to the net," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He'll find his niche here, he's too good of a player he's too quick, he goes to the net, he shoots the puck. His point production is going to pick up for sure." That being said, Conacher has already gotten a fair amount of ice time with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo this season and couldn't capitalize on it. We aren't dismissing the possibility of Conacher rebounding, but we can't recommend owning him in standard leagues yet.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 02:59:00 PM

Cory Conacher was a healthy scratch on Thursday.

Conacher has spent plenty of time on a line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, but that didn't help him offensively. Conacher still has just two points in 12 games in 2014-15.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Cory Conacher
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Jeremy Morin
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Nikita Nesterov
6Andrej Sustr
7Slater Koekkoek
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy