“To be able to play there in the NHL, it’s a dream come true," Conacher said. "At the same time, it's tough leaving Ottawa. They’re a great organization. They've done so much for me. They have a lot of good people that have helped me out and just the guys on the team are special guys. I was really close with a lot of them. They're a team that’s going to be really good in the future, you can tell."
Conacher, 24, made his NHL debut with the Lightning in the shortened 2012-13 season. While playing in the American Hockey League in 2012, he scored 39 goals with 80 points to lead the Norfolk Admirals to the Calder Cup and was named the AHL's most valuable player.
Conacher has 15 goals and 34 assists in 107 NHL games. He spent four years at Canisius College, where he owns the program’s career records for goals (62) and points (147).
"I’m getting a second chance, I guess," Conacher said. "I don't know how to explain it here in Ottawa. There’s times where I felt I fit here and there were other times where maybe I didn't fit here so well. I was able to meet a lot of good players and good teammates and good friends. The organization treated myself and my fiancée so well so that's going to be tough, but at the same time, I know Buffalo is the same thing. They have some good players on their team, some young players. I think [general manager] Tim Murray is changing that team around right now. It's going to be exciting."