Cody McCormick hasn't played since Dec. 14. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Cody McCormick ready to return from finger injury

BUFFALO – Hard-nosed forward Cody McCormick, the Sabres’ most prolific fighter, understands injuries accompany his role.

“For me, I think if you’re not hurt, you’re not really playing in my role,” McCormick said Sunday. “I think everybody that’s in my role is bumped or bruised, something like that.”

McCormick has been hurt most of the season, missing 32 games, including the last 24 with a finger injury.

The 30-year-old will return tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes inside the First Niagara Center, his first action since Dec. 14.

Naturally, sitting so long has been difficult.

“You take it day-by-day in a way that you come to the rink, you do everything you have to be in shape,” McCormick said. “You don’t leave anything at the rink, stay positive because you’re around the guys. You don’t want to bring a bad attitude around them.”

McCormick said he was being fitted for a finger brace. Can he still fight? He has seven this season.

“I don’t think the gloves are ever glued on,” he said. “But at the same time, it might not be something I’m trying to do right away.”

In other news, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Sabres center Zenon Konopka had finger surgery during the Olympic break but will be recovered before the March 5 trade deadline.

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