Following the Buffalo Sabres loss to the New York Rangers, Marco Scandella left the ice with a lower body injury, there are now official reports to the extent of the injury.
After suffering a lower body injury in the Buffalo Sabres loss to the New York Rangers, Marco Scandella has been ruled out for 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury. The exact injury on Scandella is unknown, but he was seen heading to the locker room favoring his left knee after he was hurt against the Rangers.
While Scandella is out, John Gilmour will recieve Scandella’s playing time on the third defensive pairing alongside Colin Miller. Gilmour was a free agent signing by the Sabres this offseason and was brought on board simply to fill in for situations just like this one. Don’t expect anything to wild in terms of expectations for Gilmour, but he plays solid defense and won’t be asked to play a terribly high amount of minutes.
Fortunately for the Sabres, Brandon Montour is back to full contact practices with the team, and should be playing again very soon. That means Montour can replace Gilmour’s spot and the team will go back to having no true weakness in their defensive pairings.
With Montour’s return, there could be controversy when Scandella returns from injury. Montour will continue to play, and Ralph Krueger will have to decide what to do with Scandella. There is potential to see Scandella traded before he returns from his injury, it all depends on what the Sabres want to do. The Sabres could very easily trade Rasmus Ristolainen instead.
If Scandella does remain on the roster, his return will be sometime in late November. But until then, the Sabres are in good hands and there is certainly no rush to get Marco Scandella back out there before he is ready.