February 25, 2014 - 2:16 PM
By John Vogl
It's been nearly three weeks since the Sabres' last game, which seems like a long time. Just imagine how long it feels for Cody McCormick.
The Buffalo center has been out since injuring his finger Dec. 14 against Calgary. The veteran wants to "play with some tenacity for the group" tonight against the Hurricanes.
"I'm ready to go," McCormick said today in First Niagara Center. "It's been too long for everybody with the break. We're looking forward to this game. It'll be fun to get back out there."
McCormick will replace center Zenon Konopka. He had finger surgery over the Olympic break, according to TSN, but is expected to return soon.
January 4, 2014 - 12:19 PM
By Mike Harrington
Zenon Konopka is going on mostly adrenalin and little sleep after a travel nightmare from Minnesota through both New York City airports but that's OK. This is a homecoming of sorts for the newest Sabre, who grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils in First Niagara Center will take him back to his childhood days watching the Sabres in the Aud.
"Growing up here watching the Sabres in the Auditorium was just amazing," Konopka said today. "You always kind of dreamt of being a Buffalo Sabre. My mom was born in Buffalo. My aunt's here, grandparents were here. I'm looking forward to being part of the community and team and being part of the solution."
In case you missed John Vogl's post this morning, Konopka made it to LaGuardia Airport but the only flight left to Buffalo Friday night was delayed four hours and then canceled -- and he was told the next available flight here was Sunday. So another flight was found at JFK Airport and Konopka went through a comical search for his bags that stretched until 3 a.m., slept an hour at a nearby hotel, went back to the airport and slept on a plane stuck on the tarmac for two hours before landing here.
(Social media alerts: Konopka's Twitter and Instagram feeds are hilarious must-follows)
Konopka arrived during the Sabres' optional morning skate and came on the ice for a few minutes near the end to simply loosen up. Coach Ted Nolan said Konopka will center John Scott and Matt Ellis tonight. Konopka was waived by Minnesota on Thursday while the Sabres were in town because Wild goalie Josh Harding, who is battling multiple sclerosis, was ill and the team needed to call up backup Darcy Kuemper. Konopka instantly thought a claim by the last-place Sabres could happen.
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