Ryan Miller out 6-8 Weeks
The Buffalo Sabres were dealt another tough blow by the injury bug. With Taylor Pyatt out with a concussion and Toni Lydman out with a groin problem, the last thing they needed was a goaltending injury. Starting goaltender Ryan Miller broke his thumb during the gameday skate before Wednesday night’s game against Ottawa. The broken thumb is on his left hand (his blocker and stick hand) so it might be less severe than an injury to his glove hand. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Martin Biron and Mika Noronen (both rumored in trades previously) will be called on to carry the Sabres in goal until Miller returns. Niether goaltender has played much this season, or all that well when they have. Unless one of them steps up (and both will be given the opportunity) these next 2 months could be a very bumpy ride for the Buffalo Sabres.
Winger Mike Grier also suffered a hip-flexor during his 1st and only shift against Ottawa on Wednesdsay night. He status is day-to-day and the Sabres are expected to call up forwards Derek Roy and/ or Jason Pomminville from Rochester to play in his spot.