Injury Update: Joel Armia

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.

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.

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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.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Injury Updates, Joel Armia

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  • lamarred1118

    Not a great thing for sure, but it might soften the blow to have him spend some time in Rochester where he can get back to playing shape after this layoff.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I figured Armia would end up back in Rochester either way, but he’ll need to work hard back in the AHL after his injury and prove that he’s good enough once again to crack the squad.

  • davidmuscalo

    Injuries are part of the game. This will make it easier on Rolston when it comes time to make the cuts. Both of the players are promising, but they may have a tough time getting back to Buffalo if Girgensons and Larsson catch fire and impress Rolston.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Yup it’s a real tough break for both players, if others step up in their absence they’ll have to work 2x as hard to get back.

      • Tarhamo

        That is why he could come back to Finland and get more salary than Rochester. A good player will be wasted when he did not get a chance to get to the NHL. Next year, a new training camp.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Would the Sabres allow him the opportunity to go back to Finland? He needs to adapt to the North American game. A good bounce back in the AHL would do more to impress Sabres management for next years training camp.

  • Jes

    maybe this is a sign from hockey gods on how this season will go for us.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      oh-goodness I hope not! If that’s the case we’re certainly in for a loong season.

      • Jes

        me too Caitlin, especially now with two potential first liners alongside Vanek and Hodgson go down; looks bad, on paper anyway.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Did I miss something… Last I head Hodgson was fine?

          • wolfdoctor

            He must have been talking about Tropp, although I consider him to be a 3rd or 4th liner.

          • Jes

            Totally screwed up that sentence… Supposed to read potential 1st liners in Foligno and Armia because they were predicted to be going into the season.
            Tropp will never end up being a first liner unless for some reason we get rid of basically everybody except Kaleta, Scott and McCormick.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Ron Rolston has said he expects Foligno to be ready for game 1 so I’m guessing he’ll be slated back into the top line spot.

  • acpilkin

    The guy who slashed him should get 10 games. That seems to be the way the league is using discipline nowadays. The coach of the Blue Jackets should also be fined for putting a slasher on the ice against a rookie who has never played a regular season game.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Oh boy are going down the “player selection” road?

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