Chris Stewart was part of the return the Buffalo Sabres received in the deal that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis, and he's hoping that he can make an impact on the team's fortunes.
Stewart, who is entering the final year of his deal, was facing trade rumors almost as soon as he arrived in Buffalo. However, he says that his plan is to help the team win, and he doesn't believe the Sabres are that far away from finding success again.
“I don’t think it’s going to take that long to turn it around here. Obviously you’re subject to all those trade rumors and all the stuff like that, but that’s out of my control,” Stewart told Sabres.com. “Like I’ve said before, as long as I’m a Buffalo Sabre, I’m just going to worry about helping this team win hockey games and that’s all that’s on my mind.”
Stewart didn't play many games for the Sabres after being acquired at the trade deadline, due to an injury. But his play seemed to mesh with Ted Nolan's style, and his chemistry with Marcus Foligno seemed to click almost instantly.
“I thought the game before was obviously a little rough, not knowing whether you’re going to be here or not and playing with new linemates. I think coming into that last period in Dallas and that whole game in Tampa, we were picking up chemistry, playing with Foligno and [Hodgson],” he told the team's official website. “I thought that was kind of bottled up of what I bring to the table for sure.”
Stewart's physical play could be what allows Foligno to raise his level of play. Both players seemed to feed off of each other in the short time they played together, and if they can continue that spark next season, Stewart may make himself comfortable in Buffalo.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL