Adam Mair has been cleared to play by doctors, and could return to the lineup as early as Thursday night. Check out Sabres.com here for a complete article.
Lydman however, seems destined to make the IR as he has not progressed enough to make it to game ready status.
While Mair has been cleared to play, it is doubtful he will crack the lineup right away. While skating between Paille and Paetsch during team practice drills, the veteran winger knows that even though he has been cleared to play, he knows there is a difference between being ready, and being cleared.
He showed very little wear during a training camp run style layoff that saw the team play on Saturday and be off until Thursday. The Sabres have plenty of options of who can be removed from the lineup to make room for the gritty veteran center, who has been a stantion on the Sabres third and fourth lines for some time now.
The Buffalo News does a great job of breaking down who can stay or who can go when it comes to eligible players to make a move. Check out the article by Bucky Gleason here.
Making Room for Mair:
Kennedy – The South Buffalo native played well enough to be on the opening day roster, and really proved against the Canadiens that he is not going to be pushed around. He stood up for himself, he stood up for his teammates, and he nearly sent Vanek on a pretty break away that had goal written all over it if it weren’t for the play of the Montreal defense.
Myers – the second of two prospects to make the team on opening night, also made a great case for himself against Montreal. His size and determination to play in the NHL this year make it difficult to pull the trigger on sending him to juniors.
Paille – he’s gotta clear waivers, but he hasn’t really impressed team management this year. His suffering play might be remedied by some time in Portland, if he can make it through waivers.
Paetsch – his two way game where he could play either forward or defense helps this kid, and hurts him at the same time. The Sabres like to keep him around because it helps in time of need to have a multi-abilitied player, but many times for Paetsch it means being the odd man out on the bench, and watching the games from the press box. I could see a West coast team pick up Paetsch off waivers if the Sabres tried this route.
Matt Ellis – re-signed in the off season, Ellis has really been a reliable entity on the team. Hasn’t really provided much offense, but fits into the team tough system installed this year.
MacArthur – a solid second line player, he doesn’t really fit the new Sabres system. What might be better for him as a player is some development as a top line skilled player in the AHL, if the Sabres can squeek him back to Portland.
The Sabres have some time to make the decision, so right now it is a non-decision, but it would be interesting to see what move is made to get Mair on active status.