While it’s been great to see Sidney Crosby get back to action, even if he didn’t earn a point against St. Louis last night, the Blues’ David Perron is hoping he can follow in Crosby’s footsteps.
Perron is now 13 months removed from last seeing action on NHL ice after being knocked out of action last season by a blistering Joe Thornton check. While Perron is skating and practicing with the Blues and allowed contact in practice, there’s still no timetable for his return. As he tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch though, when that day comes when he can play he hopes he can have a Sid-like return to action.
“But I feel pretty good out there, so as long as I keep going, I’ll keep progressing. It’s tough for me to put a date on it before I go through the whole process. This is where I’m at right now. It’s been awhile and I’m itching to play, but at the same time, I want to make sure that I’m doing it the right way.”
The Penguins setting the blueprint down for how to handle these things helps out a lot and for the Blues they’ve been equally diligent in minding Perron’s condition. If Perron can stay patient and get back out there when he’s absolutely ready it’ll be to his and the Blues’ benefit. If he can have a four point game when he comes back, that’d be even better.
Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.
Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.
The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).
His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.
Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.
He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.