Matt Hunwick is unlikely to play for the Buffalo Sabres this season, general manager Jason Botterill announced Wednesday.
"After further medical evaluation this offseason, we unfortunately do not expect that Matt will be physically able to play this upcoming season due to a neck condition," Botterill said in a statement.
The 34-year-old defenseman was limited to 14 games because of injuries last season, his first in Buffalo after he was acquired along with forward Conor Sheary in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on June 27, 2018.
He has one season remaining on a three-year, $6.75 million contract (average annual value of $2.25 million) he signed with the Penguins on July 1, 2017.
Hunwick, who was selected by the Boston Bruins in the seventh round (No. 224) in the 2004 NHL Draft, has 119 points (25 goals, 94 assists) in 535 games with the Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Penguins and Sabres. He has seven assists in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games.