ROY OUT AT LEAST A WEEK; LEINO RETURNS
Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 3:32 PM
While defenseman Tyler Myers returned to the lineup last night and forward Ville Leino set to make his comeback tonight against the Winnipeg Jets after missing the last 10 games with a lower body injury, Derek Roy will now be out of the lineup for what head coach Lindy Ruff is calling a period of time.
Roy left 6:19 into last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury and did not return.
“Right now, initially, we don’t feel it’s too bad, but it’s going to be more than days,” Ruff said.
The Sabres are 13-2-3 this season when Roy records a point and he also logs significant minutes on special teams. Ruff said that Leino and Brad Boyes will each see time at the center position to help fill the void.
“By [Roy] being out, someone else is going to have to step in and play those big minutes,” said captain Jason Pominville. “I don’t know who it will be but everyone’s going to have to increase their energy.”
Pominville will reach a career milestone when he suits up for his 500th NHL game tonight. Roy and Thomas Vanek both reached the 500-game plateau earlier in the season. This will be the first time in franchise history that three players drafted and developed by the Sabres will play have reached 500 games with the team in the same season.
“It means a lot. I think earlier on in my career, not a lot of people probably would’ve said that I would’ve played 500,” Pominville said. “And to be able to do it with the same team, the same group of guys – great guys, guys that we’ve had a chance to grow up together basically and start having families and start having our separate lives – has been pretty cool.”
Ruff also confirmed that winger Zack Kassian and defenseman TJ Brennan have been returned to the team’s AHL affiliate in Rochester.