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Sword Play: Tropp Out For the Season; Sabres Abroad

Timothy T. Ludwig – US PRESSWIRE

Sword Play will be a weekly installment summarizing all things Buffalo Sabres. Everything from praise to upcoming matchups to injury news will be found here throughout the season. 


Both the Sabres and the Rochester Americans alike were dealt a huge blow on the Amerks’ opening night after Corey Tropp left the game with a knee injury. The full extent of that injury was announced by Amerks head coach Ron Rolston this morning, with him telling the media that Tropp will likely be lost for the season with a torn ACL and an apparent sprained MCL.

In the short-term, the loss of Tropp will be felt by the Amerks the most. Tropp was playing on the top line with Cody Hodgson and Luke Adam, and would have made a huge impact on the team in many ways other than just points.

This will impact the Sabres as well once the ink on the new CBA dries. Tropp had an excellent chance of making the Sabres’ roster from day one this season as a third or fourth line player. His injury will open the competition to the likes of Luke Adam and Zemgus Girgensons, who has been playing wing in Rochester despite being drafted as a center.

Tropp had scored two goals in his first two periods.


Christian Ehrhoff has gotten off to a great start in Germany in the DEL, the German pro league, with six points in nine games.

Thomas Vanek has also started strong with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian pro league, racking up four points in his first four games.

Tyler Ennis has begun playing for the Langnau of the Swiss A league last week, notching an assist in his first two games.

Tyler Myers has also signed with the Austrian pro team Klagenfurter AC, but has not played any games yet.


For those in Buffalo looking for hockey, don’t miss the Amerks playing at the First Niagara Center next Tuesday, October 23 against the Hamilton Bulldogs.