Buffalo Sabres wingers Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart could be out the rest of the season after suffering lower-body injuries in Thursday’s 3-1 win in Tampa Bay, interim coach Ted Nolan told reporters in Florida.
With center Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, day-to-day) also out, the Sabres recalled wingers Nicolas Deslauriers and Luke Adam from Rochester on an emergency basis before Friday’s game against the Panthers. Center Zenon Konopka also returned.
Nolan also said winger Cory Conacher, a waiver acquisition Wednesday, was in Buffalo after immigration issues and will play Sunday.
Deslauriers made his NHL debut Friday. The 23-year-old, acquired from Los Angeles in Wednesday’s Brayden McNabb trade, had 18 goals and 39 points in 60 games with Manchester this season.
He played with Nolan’s son, Jordan, in the AHL.
“I like the way he plays,” Nolan said. “He’s a little spirit and he plays with a lot of jam. So that’s exactly what this organization needs.”
Stewart collided with Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback, apparently injuring his right leg.
“The players are instructed to avoid the goaltenders at all costs, and I think it should be reversed on plays like that, too,” Nolan said.
Mitchell was injured blocking a shot in his Sabres debut.
Adam has 24 goals and 42 points in 42 AHL games with the Americans this season. The 23-year-old scored once during a nine-game recall earlier this year.