According to Max Afinogenov (in a Buffalo News report), he has been ready to play since the middle of February, yet continues to watch games from the press box.
“I was injured, but now I’m healthy,” Afinogenov said after a hard skate in Nassau Coliseum. “It’s like 10 days now. The doctors cleared me to play and stuff, but I’m not in the lineup. That’s why it’s frustrating for me, definitely.”
There could be a reason why the winger has not been inserted back into the lineup. For one, the Sabres are at the maximum allowable roster, 23 men. For two, he was the worst statistical Sabre last year, and the numbers are adding up that he will do it again. So Lindy lets the winger sit. But Max is not happy with that either.
“I want to play, definitely,” Afinogenov told The Buffalo News on Saturday. “I want to help the team, but if they’re not using me, it’s probably no point for me to be here.”
This is a definite change in tone from earlier in the season when Max was talking like he wanted to stay in Buffalo, and it would only be a matter of time before he snapped out of his funk. He has been on the trading block before, at the deadline and all last off season. Problem being, no one wants a player like that on their team. Will someone buy this year? Probably not, and the Sabres will probably be forced to carry him through his contract, and watch him leave to the KHL for nothing.