BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss at least the final two weeks of the regular season because of a broken left hand.
General manager Darcy Regier says the team will know more about the extent of the injury - and whether surgery is required - after the player meets with a specialist Monday. Regier says it's not clear when Leopold could return if the eighth-place Sabres qualify for the playoffs.
Regier provided the update Saturday before the Sabres' game against New Jersey.
Leopold was hurt a day earlier when he crashed into the goal post in the second period of a 4-2 win over Florida. Leopold continued playing, and eventually scored in the third period. He leads Sabres defensemen with 13 goals this season.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp