Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- The Sabres were back to work on Friday with a little over 45 minute practice. Ted Nolan was back and Zemgus Girgensons was at the rink, but resting after a long Olympic tournament. Girgensons said, “I’m good, coming back is always easier so today, maybe tomorrow taking off just to get some treatments.”
When the team was last together, Tyler Myers and Matt Moulson were out while Cody McCormick was practicing with the team. All three practiced Friday. Nolan said, “I talked to them all this morning and all were feeling good. That’s one good thing about the Olympics all the guys that got injured had a little time to heal, especially a guy like Cody McCormick, he’s back ready to go, Matty Moulson I talked to him, he’s ready, Tyler he was ready, so we’re chompin’ at the bit to get going.”
Moulson had a rib injury. He said, “I just got bumped, it looked like my skate got caught. I was making sure the puck got in and it was almost like my own elbow went into my rib. I originally thought I popped my rib out, but that wasn’t the case. It was a little bit of a cartilage thing in the ribs, I’ve had it before so it’s just rest and it heals up.” Moulson added, “It came at a pretty good time, lots of time to rest it, so it’s feeling good now. I’m just taking it day by day, see how it feels and as of now it feels good, I was able to do everything out there.”
Tyler Myers was also optimistic, “Yes, I’m back. The two weeks were really good, it was good for me to get some treatment during the break and I’m ready to go again.”
The team doesn’t have a game until Tuesday, so there’s plenty of time to get ready. Nolan said, “We just had a day to get our hands back and our passing and our timing, so tomorrow we’ll up it a little bit and then the following day we’ll get into systems.”
With Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth in Sochi, they had to bring in two goaltenders. Nolan said, “They’re a couple of local college goaltenders.” Chris Azzano played last year for SUNY-Morrisville the past two seasons where he was 4-10-0. The other goalie was Canisius sophomore Adam Harris. In almost two seasons he’s only played 12 minutes for the Griffs letting in one goal.
Many were sure that one of the two Rochester goalies would play Tuesday. Nolan said that will not happen. He said it’ll either be Miller or Enroth, “One of them is going to have to play for sure, so we’ll see which one had the best sleep on the plane coming home. Whichever one it is he’ll play.”