The injury bug has bitten the Buffalo Sabres once again.
Defenseman Tyler Myers
had surgery on a broken wrist this morning and will miss the next 4-6 weeks, according to head coach Lindy Ruff. Myers missed the third period of Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. His last shift ended with 1:07 to play in the second period.
“It happened just on an awkward play,” Ruff said after today’s practice at the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y. “Nothing that you’d ever notice, just one of those freak-like incidents.”
After a tough stretch of games, Myers sat out as a healthy scratch last Monday but came back with two goals against New Jersey on Wednesday. Ruff said that the timing of the injury is unfortunate because Myers was just starting to turn his game around.
“He was physical. He was knocking people down. Offensively, I thought he skated really well,” Ruff said. “..That was a tough awakening for him but I thought he responded really well to it.”
The Sabres are already without goaltender Ryan Miller
, defenseman Mike Weber
and forwards Jochen Hecht
, Tyler Ennis
and Cody McCormick
due to various injuries.
With the Sabres blue line stretched pretty thin, T.J. Brennan has been recalled. Defenseman Robyn Regher knows that it won’t be easy to replace a player like Myers.
“It’s important that we each try and step up a little bit and fill that void. And there’s also a real good young call-up with T.J. here,” Regehr said. “I know he’s really looking forward to getting in the lineup and helping us out as well.”
Brennan was brought up for the trip to Carolina with the team on Friday after Weber’s injury but did not dress in the game. He was sent back down to Rochester and has since been recalled to fill in for Myers.
Brennan said that he’s looking forward to making his NHL debut on Wednesday when the Sabres host the Boston Bruins at the First Niagara Center. He skated the majority of today’s practice with Marc-Andre Gragnani, his defensive partner for much of last season in Portland.
“We’re just trying to find that chemistry in the next couple days that we had last year,” Brennan said. “Try and keep it simple out there and hopefully I won’t get too nervous.”
He’s had his neck looked at and we’re dealing a little bit with that. Sometimes in these situations it’s tough to figure out where exactly the pain is coming from. I think he’s doing OK. - Head coach Lindy Ruff on the status of Ryan Miller
Hecht and Ennis both skated and took reps in drills. While they were wearing red jerseys that usually indicate no contact, Ruff said that neither has experienced any setbacks.
“That was actually the only other color we had so red was a good color today. If we’d had one more red guy, we’d had a full line,” Ruff said. “So no setbacks at all; they’re actually both doing well.”
Ruff also updated the media on Miller’s condition but offered no timetable for his return.
“He’s had his neck looked at and we’re dealing a little bit with that. Sometimes in these situations it’s tough to figure out where exactly the pain is coming from. I think he’s doing OK,” Ruff said.
Miller, McCormick and Weber did not participate in today’s practice.