The Buffalo Sabres spent the first quarter of the season with seven healthy defensemen and Mike Weber sat most nights as a healthy scratch. Suddenly, they're very thin on the blueline.
Coach Lindy Ruff dropped a big dose of bad news on the media Monday afternoon following practice at the Northtown Center of Amherst -- Tyler Myers will be lost to the team for probably 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist suffered in the second period of Saturday night's loss to Phoenix. Ruff said Myers had surgery on the injury Monday morning.
"It happened just on an awkward play, nothing you would ever notice," Ruff said. "Just one of those freak-like incidents."
Weber continues to be sidelined by an upper-body injury so with Myers and Mike Weber out, T.J. Brennan has been recalled from Rochester. He will make his NHL debut in, of all games, Wednesday night's grudge match against Boston. Brennan will be paired with Marc-Andre Gragnani. He has three goals, four assists and a minus-3 rating in 17 games for Rochester.
"He's going to have to play a regular shift for us," Ruff said. "He's played well down there and it's not easy to step in but we need him to play well for us."
Myers had played three straight solid games in the wake of benching Monday in Montreal, although he lost coverage on Paul Bissonnette on what turned into the winning goal Saturday. He scored his only two goals of the season Wednesday against New Jersey. This will be the first time in his three-year career he's missed a game due to injury.
"He was physical, knocking people down," Ruff said. "Offensively, I thought he skated really well. That part hurts. That was a tough awakening for it and I thought he responded pretty well to it."
Among other injuries, there's no change in the status of Jochen Hecht and Tyler Ennis, who continue to improve. And Ruff said Ryan Miller is getting better, with the Sabres working more on alleviating some of his neck issues in the wake of the hit by Boston's Milan Lucic.
To hear from Ruff and defenseman Robyn Regehr on the Myers situation and the upcoming clash against the Bruins click the audio files below.
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