It may not be a timeframe, but it is an update:
Sabres starting goalie Ryan Miller has begun skating on his own to test his injured left ankle, and is confident he is on track to return to the lineup before the end of the season.
Miller said on Monday that he still feels some discomfort when he’s stretching, but noted he has not experienced any setbacks during his rehabilitation.
“I fully expect to play,” he said.
Miller, who has skated on his own over the past two days, has missed nine games since being hurt in the third period of a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Feb. 21. The Sabres have gone 3-4-2 without Miller, and sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, three points out of a playoff spot with 13 games left.
I have a feeling that it may be too little too late, but the Sabres’ problems haven’t been in goaltending lately. Patrick Lalime has been more than servicable in backing Miller up, and neither he nor Miller can play defense or score goals.
It’s funny, the Sabres are only three points out of the playoffs with two games in hand; yet I feel like so much has to be done for it to happen. Am I being too pessimistic, or should I feel like its as hopeless as I do?
I think it’s clear that no matter what happens, the Sabres will be stringing us along for the remainder of the season. It’s only a matter of how optimistic we should be about it.