After the pregame skate prior the Buffalo Sabres 2nd preseason affair against the Columbus Blue Jackets, head coach Ron Rolston gave an injury update on forward Corey Tropp. The verdict, Tropp suffered a broken jaw and underwent surgery to fix said jaw which will result in him missing at least 5-6 weeks.
Tropp suffered the injury after picking a fight right before Sunday night’s brawl with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jamie Devane. Tropp, upset over a hit on Marcus Foligno decided to stick up for his teammate, unfortunately for Tropp he picked a much bigger opponent and didn’t stand much chance. Devane easily dropped Tropp, and he was knocked out laying in a pool of blood before being helped off the ice.
Tropp was having a solid preseason and would have likely cracked the squad in a third or 4th line role with the Sabres, but the kid just can’t catch a break- no pun intended. After suffering a major concussion two season ago, he then missed the majority of last season with a knee injury, and for the third season in a row the kid is back on the shelf.
Update- Rolston did confirm Corey Tropp suffered a concussion on the play but he underwent testing and it is believed to be minor. There was a very slim chance he was not concussed after cracking his head on the ice and that’s just as concerning as he suffered one just two years ago.
Also there was no official update on previously mentioned Marcus Foligno, but good news he was back skating on the ice this morning. He will not suit up for tonight’s preseason game against the Blue Jackets, which is slightly odd as Rolston is going with a veteran line-up and told the media his lines for tonight are close to those set for opening night.
Sunday night’s loss against the Leafs hurt the Sabres more than expected. With Tropp missing long-term to heal his jaw and Foligno out of the line-up right now, the Sabres will have to go with plan B. But Rolston better be careful, he doesn’t want another fine for his “player selection” because apparently you can get in trouble for that kind of thing in today’s NHL.