Chris Stewart RW BUF 7 Months

Chris Stewart (ankle) took part in Thursday's morning skate.

"He's way ahead," coach Ted Nolan said of Stewart's recovery. "We thought for sure he wouldn't be touching the ice until mid-summer. That shows you kind of the rehab he's been getting by our medical team." He hasn't played since Mar. 6 because of an ankle injury.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

Chris Stewart (ankle) is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks.

In other words, there's a chance that Stewart will return before the end of the season, but it's a slim one. Given that Buffalo has nothing left to play for, there's no real reason for him to push himself to return before the end of the campaign. He has 26 points and 112 penalty minutes in 60 games this season.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

Chris Stewart (undisclosed) will not participate in Friday's game.

Stewart was hurt during Thursday's contest. There's no word yet on the severity of Stewart's injury. The Sabres acquired him on Feb. 28 as part of the Ryan Miller trade.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

Chris Stewart exited Thursday's match with Tampa Bay in the third period with an undisclosed ailment.

He didn't return after a collision with Lightning goalie Anders Lindback and it's doubtful that he'll be available to play against Florida on Friday night. Stewart had a plus-2 rating and four penalty minutes prior to leaving. He doesn't have a point in two outings with the Sabres.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

Chris Stewart plans to make the best of his time in Buffalo, even if it's very brief.

He might be flipped to another team prior to Wednesday's trade deadline after he was acquired by the Sabres on Friday as part of the Ryan Miller deal. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed at first," Stewart said of being traded. "If you think I'm going to come in here and pout and feel sorry for myself, that's not the kind of person I am. I'm going to make the best of the situation and look at the positive." He has 15 goals, 26 points and 112 penalty minutes in 58 games this campaign.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

The 2016 third-round pick the Buffalo Sabres got as part of the Ryan Miller deal might be bumped up to a first rounder.

It will turn into a first-round pick if the St. Louis Blues re-sign Miller or they reach the Western Conference Final. If that happens, then the Sabres will have received two first-round selections as part of the Miller trade.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

Don't be surprised if Chris Stewart's tenure in Buffalo is brief.

We previously mentioned that we wouldn't be surprised if Buffalo ends up trading Stewart next season, but as it turns out they might not wait that long. The Ottawa Senators reportedly have interest in Stewart and were talking about being part of a three-way deal with St. Louis and Buffalo. It's still possible that the Sabres will send Stewart to the Senators.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 8 Months

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired Chris Stewart, William Carrier, Jaroslav Halak, a 2015 first-round pick, and a 2016 third-round selection from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott.

Stewart has 15 goals, 26 points, and 112 penalty minutes in 58 games this season. He never lived up to the expectations set by his 64-point sophomore campaign and honestly, we don't expect big things from him in Buffalo. His playing time should increase, but Buffalo's top-six is pretty anemic right now, so there's not a lot of guys for him to play with. We wouldn't be surprised if Buffalo ends up trading him next season in his contract year for more prospects or picks as they move forward with their rebuilding efforts.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 9 Months

Chris Stewart started Friday's game on the fourth line, but he was promoted to the top line during the second period.

"He deserved to go up there," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He was strong on the puck, he made plays ... he had patience in the offensive zone, he wasn't panicking with the puck. It's like anything else, you reward good play and he played well yesterday." He's expected to stay on the first unit, alongside Alexander Steen and David Backes, for Saturday's tilt with Nashville.

Chris Stewart RW BUF 9 Months

The New York Post says the Rangers have interest in the St. Louis Blues' Chris Stewart.

That's interesting because the Blues have interest in Ryan Callahan, whom the Rangers have placed on the trading block. The Post says Stewart is a size-and-speed skater whose game likely is better suited to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault's philosophy than to Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock's grinding style. Stewart, who has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $4.15 million, began his career with the Avalanche before being traded to St. Louis in a blockbuster deal including Kevin Shattenkirk, Erik Johnson and a first-round draft pick in 2010-11. The 26-year-old had his best season in his sophomore season of 2009-10, recording 64 points (28 goals, 36 assists) as a linemate of center Paul Stastny, an impending free agent who would be the premier center on the July 1 open market and in whom the Rangers would have serious interest in signing.