Maybe we should all just blame Mlian Lucic. Ever since the Bruins forward bullrushed Ryan Miller on Nov. 12, it just seems like you're not getting through a Sabres game or practice without another injury update.
Lindy Ruff dropped another big one this afternoon: Ville Leino is out several weeks with a lower body injury suffered last night against Ottawa. Leino played 14:49 in the game but took only one shift in the final 9:25 of play, a 56-second run that ended with 1:01 left.
So it's pretty clear he had some sort of knee or foot problem he was dealing with. (Just guessing here but players often skate with a broken bone in their foot that's set in their boot until they take the skate off and the injury is discovered).
Leino has three goals and seven assists thus far, a huge disappointment after signing his six-year, $27 million contract that currently ranks as one of the NHL's biggest boondoggles of last summer. But he had five points in his last seven games and was easily playing his best hockey of the season between Luke Adam and Zack Kassian.
So the injured list now reads: Leino, Patrick Kaleta (who practiced fully Wednesday and could play Friday), Tyler Myers, Brad Boyes, Nathan Gerbe, Jochen Hecht and Corey Tropp.
Matt Ellis skated in Leino's spot Wednesday, leaving the Sabres' roster of centers as Paul Szczechura, Derek Roy, Ellis and Paul Gaustad. Yeeesh.
In other injury news, Myers (broken wrist) said he's hoping he'll be able to return around the Christmas break so that's a good nugget. Boyes (ankle) said he still has some pain while skating and has no timetable. Ruff said Hecht is going to be out for a while longer and that his lower-body injury is "not really a broken bone but it's complicated more than that." Whatever that means.