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Sabres' Armia sidelined indefinitely with broken hand

By John Vogl

The Sabres' Joel Armia, one of the former first-round picks competing for a roster spot, has a broken hand and is out indefinitely.

The right winger took a slash during Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Columbus and was unable to finish the game. X-rays revealed the break, coach Ron Rolston said today. It hasn't been determined whether Armia will need surgery or if the injury will heal on its own.

Armia, selected 16th overall in the 2011 NHL draft, was a potent scorer in his native Finland. This is his first tryout in North America, and he'd shown well at times with one goal and three points in four preseason games.

"He was doing a good job," Rolston said this afternoon following practice in First Niagara Center. "I think each game we saw improvement in how he was performing, and I thought last night was one of his best games of the exhibition season."

Armia is the second winger lost this week. Corey Tropp suffered a broken jaw Sunday during the melee in Toronto and is also out indefinitely. It should be at least a month for both players.

The Sabres need to be at the roster limit of 23 by Monday. The injuries leave them with 27, including 16 forwards.

To hear Rolston's news conference, click the audio file below.


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