After practice today, head coach Ron Rolston had both good news and bad news for the Buffalo Sabres. The bad news Marcus Foligno will not be good to go for Wednesday. The good news, because Foligno is out the Sabres don’t have to make any cuts. The team that practiced this morning, will be the team that begins the season for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
There was a lot of discussion over the hold-up with who the Sabres would be cutting as the impending deadline inched closer and it appeared Johan Larsson would be the odd man out. But after practice Rolston put everyone to ease by announcing there was no need to cut anyone. Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Brian Flynn will all be on the Sabres for opening night.
The downside of today’s announcement, is that Marcus Foligno will be joining Joel Armia and Corey Tropp on injury reserve. Foligno
who was slotted to begin the year on the top line with Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek, has been out since straining his shoulder in the Sabres 5-3 loss to the Leafs. It was originally expected that Foligno would be good to go for opening night, but after practicing on his own before the team it was evident he wasn’t ready. Perhaps his shoulder strain is a little more serious, than originally believed.
As if the Buffalo Sabres haven’t been bit by the injury bug enough this preseason, Rochester Americans goaltender Matt Hackett was injured in a goal mouth collision on Friday. It doesn’t appear too serious- that’s what they said about Foligno- but for now Hackett is out with an “upper body” injury.
The season has not even begun and the Sabres already have more players on the IR than they have Olympic hopefuls. Hopefully the injury bug that has bitten the Sabres early, heads out of town soon and the Sabres will remain healthy throughout the season.
Ron Rolston also said he won’t announce the next Buffalo Sabres captain until tomorrow. Perhaps buying time for a contract extensions with Vanek?