Chris Stewart has been a member of the Buffalo Sabres for all of two games and now it appears he's played his last game of the year with the club. The former St. Louis Blues forward acquired by Buffalo in the mega deal that sent goalie Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott the other way, is likely out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a lower-body injury.
"Stewart doesn't look good right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after Tuesday's skate per the Buffalo News. "There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks."
Stewart saw a regular shift in his first two games with the Sabres, but recorded no points.
Before coming over in the trade, Stewart had 15 goals and 26 points in 58 games with the Blues. He still has another year left on his contract, so it's not like the Sabres are losing out on the value of the return for the Miller trade.
At 26, Stewart could be part of the Sabres rebuild as a younger veteran player with a 28-goal season on his resume. He also has a fairly cap-friendly deal with a $4.15 million hit. If nothing else, he's a stop-gap roster player as the team continues to retool.
With the Sabres season long lost, it won't make sense to rush him back from his injury, but it does force Buffalo to pull more from their American Hockey League team to finish out the campaign.