Cody McCormick

Sabres’ McCormick likely done for the season


Buffalo Sabres forward Cody McCormick is likely done for the season.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg last weekend.

McCormick appeared in 33 games for the Sabres this season registering a goal and three assists to go along with 40 penalty minutes.

In 405 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres McCormick has 21 goals and 65 points to go along with 550 penalty minutes.

Sabres’ McCormick (blood clot) released from hospital, no timetable for return

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Buffalo forward Cody McCormick was released from hospital Monday after being diagnosed with blood clot in his leg over the weekend.

While a positive development, the club also said McCormick doesn’t have a timetable for return.

The 31-year-old, who rejoined the Sabres organization after spending last season in Minnesota, has scored one goal and four points in 33 games this year; his lone goal came on Friday night against Tampa Bay and, the following day, Buffalo’s team trainers sent him to hospital for evaluation.

With McCormick now sidelined indefinitely, the Sabres have recalled Phil Varone and Zac Dalpe from AHL Rochester.

Sabres’ McCormick in hospital with a blood clot


The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday that Cody McCormick will be out a while with a blood clot in his leg.

According to Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald, the blood clot is in McCormick’s calf muscle.

“I’m quite sure it’s somewhat serious if he’s still in the hospital,” said Ted Nolan. “I know he took a puck in the foot, he was limping around for a couple days, maybe it happened from there. I’m not 100 percent sure.”

McCormick, 31, has appeared in 33 games for the Sabres this season registering a goal and three assists to go along with 40 penalty minutes.

He is just the latest NHLer to be sidelined due to blood clots.

Flyers’ defenseman Kimmo Timonen has missed the entire season due to blood clots in his right leg and lungs.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun missed the entire 2013-14 season due to blood clots and has since retired.

Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis is expected to miss six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lungs in November.

Related: Flyers’ Timonen to get blood test results in 10 days

Did Zadorov just call Tampa’s skill guys ‘pretty soft’?


The last time the Sabres met the Lightning, it was ugly — the Bolts scored a 5-0 blowout victory during which the two teams combined for 110 penalty minutes.

Prior to tonight’s rematch, Buffalo d-man Nikita Zadorov fired something of a shot at the Bolts:

“We just gotta be ready for [their] quick forwards,” Zadorov told Sabres TV. “We gotta hit them. I think they’re pretty soft.”

The video, in full:

Zadorov, who racked up 14 PIM in the aforementioned loss, took exception to a hit Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman put on Buffalo center Zemgus Girgensons. Incensed, the Russian rearguard went after Hedman and had some words following the affair.

“I just stood up for my teammate,” Zadorov said, per the Sabres website. “He got hit late and you can’t do that. If you want to finish the game with no problem, don’t do that.

“I was just doing my job.”

It’ll be interesting to see what carries over to tonight. Girgensons didn’t say Hedman’s hit was dirty, but agreed with Zadorov that it was late. Other incidents happened as well — Cody McCormick cross-checked Jonathan Drouin, Patrick Kaleta got after Brian Boyle — so there’s no shortage of potential fireworks.

Sabres’ recall Pysyk and Schaller from AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled Tim Schaller and Mark Pysyk from the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans the club announced Sunday.

Buffalo is in Boston to take on the Bruins tonight.

Schaller will likely fill the spot of left by Patrick Kaleta, who left Saturday night’s 5-1 loss to Colorado due to flu-like symptoms.

Schaller made his NHL debut with the Sabres on Nov. 29 and has appeared in two games with Buffalo this season registering five hits and three blocked shots. He has eight goals and 18 points in 29 AHL games this season.

Pysyk will fill in for Tyler Myers, who was injured Saturday. The 22-year-old was Buffalo’s first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2010 and has appeared in 63 career games with the Sabres scoring two goals and 10 points. It is his first recall of the season. In 28 AHL games, Pysyk has 10 points.

In addition to Kaleta, Myers, and Mitchell, the Sabres are without Mike Weber, Tyson Strachan and Cody McCormick, who are all injured. Matt Moulson missed Saturday’s game with flu-like symptoms.

Related: Sabres lose Kaleta, Myers in defeat to Avalanche