McCormick out "a while" with a blood clot

The Sabres grinder will be sitting out after discovery of a dangerous clot in his leg.

Ted Nolan told the media this morning that forward Cody McCormick has been hospitalized with a blood clot in his calf. Nolan said that based on his hospitalization it's likely rather serious, and McCormick will be out "a while."

This time of illness is rather unpredictable, and could likely lead to McCormick being out months. McCormick blocked a shot earlier this month, which could be the origin of the clot.

Questions arose this morning at practice after Tim Murray pulled Ted Nolan away for a discussion. Rumors that Chris Stewart had been traded floated around since he wasn't in attendance, but Nolan said Stewart stayed home due to the flu. Nolan said he and Tim Murray were looking at the Rochester lineup to figure out how they will move forward.

The Sabres will need to recall someone from Rochester before Tuesday's game against Detroit, likely on a bit longer stint than many of the call-ups have gotten this season. Mikhail Grigorenko, Phil Varone and Tim Schaller are the expected candidates.