With the Buffalo Sabres opening up training camp on Friday, two players of note weren’t seen when the team took to the ice for the first time in 2015.
Rasumus Ristolainen, who is expected to be a top-pair player for the Sabres this season, will be out for at least the first ten days of camp with what the team is calling an upper-body injury. No other details were confirmed, but the injury isn’t said to be “too serious”.
As far as the other missing player, this problem is a bit more serious.
Cody McCormick missed almost the entire 2014-15 season due to blood clots. After expecting to come back and fight for a roster spot this year, McCormick failed his pre-camp physical and will be out indefinitely.
The Sabres head to camp with expectations of finally getting back to relevancy after two straight years of finishing in last place. For them to do that, however, the team is going to need to be as healthy as possible heading into the year.
With just two players missing at the start of camp, the team has to be happy in terms of health. The Sabres begin preseason play on Monday against the Minnesota Wild.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.