This preseason has not been kind to the Buffalo Sabres on the injury front. From Zemgus Girgensons hurting his hand early on, to Marcus Foligno‘s shoulder strain to Corey Tropp‘s broken jaw, the Sabres just can’t catch a break- literally. On Thursday morning the news only got worse as head coach Ron Rolston gave an update on rookie Joel Armia, the verdict a broken hand.
#Sabres head coach Ron Rolston says Armia has a broken hand, will be out indefinitely.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) September 26, 2013
This is an extremely tough break for Armia, who was having a solid camp and was likely going to be one of the last cuts/bubble players.
Armia coming over for the first time to North America needed time to adapt to the North American style of hockey, but through the Traverse City and exhibition play he showed he’s almost ready. There was talk of him being sent down to Rochester for a few months to fully adapt and then being called up to the Sabres soon after.
Armia broke his hand during last night’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and was reportedly seen after the game with a cast on his arm/hand. Armia was slashed during the game and went immediately for X-rays where it was revealed he had broken his hand. It’s a shame that Armia’s bid to crack the Sabres roster in his rookie year has ended for this season- at least for now- as he was making a solid impression on the coaching staff.
“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.” ~ Ron Rolston
Whether or not Armia would have cracked the jam-packed Sabres roster or not was unclear, but his injury is a big loss to Amerks who will be without one of their top young players. With both Corey Tropp and Joel Armia on the shelf, perhaps this opens the door for Johan Larsson and Zemgus Girgensons both battling hard for a spot on the Sabres roster.
Expect both Corey Tropp and Joel Armia to be out for at least a month.