Hunwick (neck) will soon become an unrestricted free agent, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports. Hunwick missed the entirety of the 2019-20 season due to a neck injury. There's been no recent word regarding his health status, but Lysowski expects the Sabres to part ways with him this offseason, especially since the Sabres run fairly deep at defense organizationally and have younger, cheaper options. Hunwick has been in the league since 2007 and has played 535 NHL games, and his career may not have much left to it.
Hunwick is dealing with a neck injury that will cause him to miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season. According to general manager Jason Botterill, "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." Hunwick missed much of the 2018-19 season due to his lingering neck problem and this could mark the end of his professional career. The Sabres will no doubt designate the 34-year-old for long-term injured reserve in order to ease the burden of his $2.25 million cap hit. Even if Hunwick was fully fit, he probably was going to spend some time in the press box this year as a healthy scratch. If this does mark the end of the defender's career, he will retire having logged 535 NHL games for Boston, Colorado, Toronto, New York, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Hunwick (upper body) isn't in Detroit for the regular-season finale against the Red Wings on Saturday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. This comes as no surprise, as Hunwick ended up missing the final 11 games of the 2018-19 campaign. A bit piece to begin with, the journeyman only managed two helpers to go with a minus-7 rating over 14 games.
Hunwick (upper body) will not play in Sunday's game against Columbus. Hunwick has now played in just five of the last 17 games dealing with multiple injuries. The depth defenseman has just two points in 14 games and could still be a healthy scratch once he's declared ready to play.
Hunwick (upper body) remains day-to-day and won't be in action versus Detroit on Thursday. Hunwick will miss his sixth consecutive game due to his upper-body problem. The veteran has been plagued by injuries this season and has even served as a healthy scratch periodically when he is available. Overall, the defender has appeared in a mere 14 games in 2018-19 and could struggle to get into the lineup even once given the green light to play.
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