Sword Play: Buffalo Sabres Injury Report

By Matt Clouden
Kevin Hoffman – US PRESSWIRE

The Buffalo Sabres’ roster has not fared well in keeping healthy during their lockout stints.

Tyler Myers is the latest Sabre to go down with an injury, with a banged up ankle expected to keep him out of action in the Austrian pro league for about a week.

This is the latest in a rash of injuries to players that will be expected to suit up for, or compete for a roster spot on, the Sabres this year if the lockout were to end.

Joining Myers on the list is Tyler Ennis, who left his Swiss-A League team Langnau a few weeks ago after sustaining multiple injuries in his short time with the team. Ennis was only able to suit up for 10 games in Switzerland and, although the injuries are not deemed to be serious, many said that if the lockout was in fact lifted last week that Ennis may not be available for the start of the season.

Adding to the Sabres’ potential issues at the center position is the broken hand of Cody Hodgson, which has kept him out of the last 12 games for the Rochester Americans, and is not yet ready to go. Hodgson has been practicing, but it is unclear as to when he will join his teammates on the bench for a game. He will not play tonight against the Abbotsford Heat either, which will push him to being out for 13 games at least.

Hodgson is not the only Amerk that has been banged up, with Luke Adam missing some time a few weeks ago, 2012 first round pick Zemgus Girgensons missing the past few games with an upper body injury, and Corey Tropp being lost for the season in the team’s first game with a knee injury.

Needless to say, Sabres fans hope this is not foreshadowing the troubles the Sabres will have this year if a CBA is inked soon.


Quick Hits:

Sabres free agent center Jochen Hecht has signed with Adler Mannheim of the German pro league, a move that likely signals the end of his NHL career. Hecht has been hampered by concussion issues for the past two seasons and was still a free agent when the lockout commenced.

Amerks’ rookie goalie Connor Knapp won his first pro game last week against the Adirondack Phantoms. The 3-1 victory was highlighted by Knapp’s 41 saves.


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