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Sabres’ Stewart (ankle) likely done for year

Mar 11, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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One of the key pieces Buffalo acquired in the Ryan MillerSteve Ott trade is doubtful to play again this season.

Chris Stewart, who suffered an ankle injury last week against Tampa Bay, will likely miss the remainder of the year with the ailment, according to Sabres head coach Ted Nolan.

“Stewart doesn’t look good right now,” Nolan said, per the Buffalo News. “There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks.”

Stewart, 26, appeared in just two games for the Sabres after coming over from St. Louis in a pre-deadline blockbuster. While the other key acquisition in the deal, Jaroslav Halak, has since been flipped to Washington, the Sabres held onto Stewart, who has one year remaining on his deal (with a $4.15 million cap hit) and could be a good fit for the club moving forward.

The book on Stewart is a familiar one. He’s a big-bodied power forward (6-foot-2, 231 pounds) that’s displayed a nose for goal in the past, but has seen his effort and consistency called into question on numerous occasions. It’s the same knock many physical forwards get — think Dustin Penner, Bryan Bickell, Todd Beruzzi — though with Stewart, the fact he’s only 26 is key.

Nolan has shown an ability to motivate players in the past, and could light a fire under Stewart — remember, this is a guy that scored 56 goals between 2009-11, so the talent is definitely there.

  1. hanspard - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I don’t miss this guy.

    – A Blues fan

  2. blues1988 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    while i agree with hanspard, i feel bad. it’s been a rough few weeks for stewart made even worse by this injury. hope he heels up quicker than expected and gets to play a few games this year.

    • bsaures - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Foot pun?

  3. damaged262 - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    The way I see it, this is a blessing for Stewart. Having him on this squad right now, as bad as they are, it might just destroy any confidence he has left. Having him come back next year, when we can start a season brand new, under a coaching squad that Nolan puts together might help to right his career and the team as a whole. We might even have some better parts in place for him to play along side him if Murray is busy in the off season. Or, we could suck just as bad as this year and none of them will have confidence. Who knows, it’s the NHL, or more specifically Buffalo, it could go either way.

  4. richc111 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    welcome to Buffalo

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