There were a few bodies missing from Thursday’s practice at First Niagara Center, and it looks like two of them will remain off the ice for the short term.
Defenseman Mike Weber
, playing in just his third game of the season, sustained an upper body injury at some point during last night’s against New Jersey. Ruff didn’t have specifics on the injury timeline, only saying that it “may take some time.”
With Weber out of the lineup, the Sabres have recalled defenseman TJ Brennan
Brennan (6’1”, 214 lbs., 4/3/89) joins the Sabres on his first career recall. In his third professional season, the 22-year-old Brennan has played 16 games with Rochester, compiling six points (2+4) and eight penalty minutes. In 2010-11, he ranked second among Portland Pirates (AHL) defensemen with 39 points (15+24) in 72 games. Brennan was selected by the Sabres in the second round (31st overall) of the 2007 Entry Draft.Cody McCormick
also has an upper body injury, and Ruff said he’s “not ready to get back yet.” McCormick didn’t dress for last night’s game after only playing the first two periods in Montreal on Monday.Thomas Vanek
and Patrick Kaleta
also missed practice on Thursday, but Ruff said they were simply just maintenance days. Ryan Miller
hasn’t practiced since suffering a concussion against Boston last Saturday.
Ruff also hinted at the possibility of either Tyler Ennis
or Jochen Hecht
returning to action for one of the back-to-back weekend games against Carolina (Friday) and Phoenix (Saturday). Ennis has missed 11 games with an ankle sprain, while Hecht has yet to play in the regular season after suffering a concussion on the second day of training camp.