Cody Hodgson, scheduled to center one of the Sabres' top two lines should the NHL lockout end, has suffered a broken bone in his right hand and will be out a "couple of weeks," the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.
Hodgson told the newspaper he was slashed by Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning on Oct. 27. The Amerks' center played with the injury Friday night against Hamilton but skipped Saturday's rematch and had a splint on his hand, according to Rochester reporter Kevin Oklobzija.
The Amerks have moved left wing Luke Adam back to center in Hodgson's absence.
The NHL and NHL Players' Association are meeting in New York for the second straight day. Should they make immediate progress on a collective bargaining agreement, the Sabres would be extremely thin at center. The only natural middle men on the roster would be Tyler Ennis, Matt Ellis and Cody McCormick, though wingers Steve Ott and Ville Leino could be moved to center. Junior star Mikhail Grigorenko is also eligible for a nine-game tryout.