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.


18 Responses to Ryan Miller out 6-8 Weeks

  1. Aetherial says:

    Well, the Sabres are probably the best positioned team inthe League to suffer a goalie injury.

    I think the other injuries, and a bit of “coming back to earth” are what is going to hurt them more.

  2. thatleafsguy says:

    Both Biron and Norronen looked great last night against Ottawa, I’m gonna go drink 4 cups of coffee now.

  3. ranger_fan says:

    The broken thumb is on his left hand (his blocker and stick hand)

    Is it his left or right? Millers left hand is his catching hand. He holds his stick in the right hand

  4. Air33 says:

    Does it really matter?

  5. rojoke says:

    It’s his blocker hand.

    The question facing Darcy Regier now is when do you make the deal for a goalie? Unlike two years ago, when Biron was the starter and Miller seemed the odd-man-out, now Miller has assumed the top job. This gives Biron and Noronen the opportunity to keep his Buffalo home. The choice to be made is do the Sabres trade the goalie who plays better in the next six weeks or keep him? There’s a few teams having goaltending troubles after the first month of the season, but only a handful are really in a position to do anything about it. Pittsburgh could certainly benefit from having Biron. He’s younger at 28, and still has some good hockey years ahead of him, which would allow them to bring Fleury along at a more reasonable pace instead of just throwing him into the fire after two seasons of AHL play. He could take the back-up role next season, play 20-25 games, then assume the starter’s job

  6. Neely4Life says:

    This is a huge blow. Miller was standing on his head. I thought they might barly get into the playoffs, but the division being so tough, dont think they is a real shot now.

  7. SensfanVone says:

    Biron was especially impressive. Two goals on the first two shots he faces now thats quality!!!

  8. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    he really reminded me of a younger belfour

  9. thatleafsguy says:

    you remind me of a young wisenheimer.

  10. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Well Cinderella has lost her glass slipper. The Sabres remind me of the oilers, hot out of the gate, and then they hit the skids. I actually thought the Sabres had a chance of finishing higher than the leafs in the division, but as much as it pains me to say it, the sabres will own the basement of the Northeast just like everyother year.

  11. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    any goalie (like myself) knows how to watch goalies, and assess them better, than a non goalie can.

    you are about to find something out that i already know.

    BIRON is the better goalie.

  12. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    ……………………………..thats why ryan miller is dominating the league and biron lets in 6 goals in 19 shots

    that makes sense

  13. Neely4Life says:

    I think Miller is a lot younger and has way more upside. Biron really hasnt donemuch in his career, but he could be dominating too.

  14. SabresFan220 says:

    I didn’t remember exactly which hand he broke his thumb. But I do remember hearing it was his non-glove hand for sure. Looking at the Sabres website, Millers shoots left so I assume his stick hand is his left, but right or left is irrelevent.

    This injury is a tough break for the Sabres, but Biron and Noronen can pull their weight. Niether man has had much in-game experience this year, and throwing them in the fire against Ottawa, you knew it wasn’t gonna be good. Once one of them gets his feet under him again he can take the reins and save this team from nosediving in the standings. Until that happens the Sabres may be in trouble, especially with several division games in these next few weeks.

    However, if the Sabres do fall to the basement of the East like you all are so sure they will, Miller will still need to get back into game shape after he’s cleared to play. By the time he’s fully back (if that happens) it may be too late to salvage a playoff spot this season, especially with the teams as tight as things are now.

    Then you could expect the Sabres to unload 1 year contracts of players they didn’t intend to resign next season anyway. With the abundance of 1 year deals this season there will still be an avalanche of available players next season. And if the Sabres don’t make the playoffs this year Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier will in all likelyhood be looking for new jobs. A new GM and head coach could revitalize the team, and they might be inclined to spend more money on the available talent in free agency, not to mention there would be another high draft pick in the Sabres’ pocket.

  15. ranger_fan says:

    well being a goalie i can tell you that a broken thumb on the blocker hand is bad. You need to rehab it to gain full stregnth. Its not just holding on to the stick, but to control rebounds is essential. Id much rather have a broken finger on the trapper, because you can just tape it up without waiting for it to be 100%

  16. ranger_fan says:

    Biron would do better this season, but Miller has much better potential. Noronen is the best of the trio.

  17. adambuffalo says:

    “Miller will still need to get back into game shape after he’s cleared to play.”

    I’m not familiar with goalie workouts, but wouldn’t Miller be able to still do a lot of the work? He can still skate and probably take shots. Just not able to use a stick. It seems like he wouldn’t lose too much. You don’t think they would have to send him for a rehab assignment, would they? Like I said, I’m not sure about goalie workouts or rehab.

  18. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    THIS GUYS SARCATIC COMMENT: “thats why ryan miller is dominating the league and biron lets in 6 goals in 19 shots…that makes sense”

    IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT I MEANT IN THIS POST.

    AS I MENTIONED I WAS A GOALIE. GOALTENDING IS POSITION GREATLY AFFECTED BY ONES HEAD/CONFIDENCE. SIMILAR TO KICKER IN FOOTBALL.

    THE REASON BIRON HAS STRUGGLED IN THE LITTLE BIT HE PLAYED THIS SEASON, IS PRECISELY B/C IT IS ONLY A LITTLE BIT HE’S PLAYED! TAKING THE #1 JOB AWAY FROM HIM HAS AFFECTED HIS CONFIDENCE, AND MIND. BUT IN TERMS OF SKILLS , POISE, AND ABILITY HE IS A BTTER GOALIE THAN MILLER.

    A GUY CAN SEE THAT. THE GUY WHO WROTE THE STUPID ABOVE SARCATIC COMMENT CAN’T.

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