BUFFALO – Instead of a red non-contact jersey, Cody McCormick wore a regular gold one with his Sabres teammates this morning.
So, is the forward ready to return from the hand injury that has sidelined him the past 18 games?
“I just had it on,” McCormick, who was rehabbing earlier in the morning, said inside the First Niagara Center. “I didn’t feel like changing.”
The 30-year-old said he’s probably out until after the Olympic break.
“Probably be pushing it before the break,” said McCormick, who hasn’t played since Dec. 14. “So that’s kind of what we’re at right now. They’re looking for some real progress before that. Otherwise, probably take the break and get it as healed as we can.”
The Sabres play their first game after the break Feb. 25.
Injuries have limited McCormick to only 25 games this year, something he called “terribly frustrating.”
“Each checkup you’re kind of hoping for good news,” he said. “It’s not there. In the long run, it’s the best thing for myself to come back at 100 percent.”