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.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter