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Sabres coach Ruff: Ehrhoff likely to be out weeks

Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:23 pm

By Brian Stubits

WASHINGTON -- The Buffalo Sabres are having troubles scoring in recent weeks. That continued in a 3-1 loss to the Capitals on Friday night.

It's going to be a little tougher now after the loss of offensive defenseman Christian Ehrhoff due to an "upper-body injury."

Ehrhoff engaged in a shoving match with Capitals forward Troy Brouwer at 16:49 of the first period that led to a fight. It wasn't much in the way of swinging but instead grabbing and headlocks. But after the fight, Ehrhoff didn't return to the game.

Here is the fight with Brouwer.

After the game coach Lindy Ruff said that Ehrhoff is "going to miss some time." Asked for an early timetable: "It'll probably be weeks."

These days when you hear upper-body injury in the NHL on the injury list, you have to worry that it might mean a dreaded concussion. Of course, there are so many parts of the body on the upper half that it could be a lot of things. He was in a head lock that had his shoulder twisted around during the scrap, too.

As to what the injury is, we don't know yet, perhaps it will come out in the coming days. But we do know that according to Ruff, it will be some time. Add in the fact that defenseman Tyler Myers is out and there's no timetable for his return and you see a blue line getting awfully thin.

Ehrhoff isn't one to fight often. The tussle with Brouwer was only the fourth fight of Ehrhoff's career, second this season, his first with the Sabres. He was one of Buffalo's two high-priced free-agent acquisitions this summer when he signed a 10-year, $40 million contract with Buffalo. So far in 36 games, Ehrhoff has produced three goals and 14 assists.

The other big free-agent acquisition for Buffalo this summer, Ville Leino, is also sidelined by injury at the moment.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:41 am

Sabres coach Ruff: Ehrhoff likely to be out weeks

This is getting crazy, I'm starting to think Don Cherry is right.  He suggested the NHL wanting to speed things up with less stoppages is very likely the reason for the sudden increase in concussions and maybe he's right?  They removed the center ice line so there are way less offsides,,, they limit where goalies can play a puck.... they call every single little hook or interference penalty they can call, a player can't do anything to slow down another player anymore, not even for a split second or it's a penalty if the ref catches it. 

Maybe the NHL needs to slow things down a little bit and go back to old school hockey, the way it used to be?  He also suggested the instigator penalty kept people like Cooke and Tootoo and many others in business as well.....  I'm not a huge Cherry fan but some of what he says makes a lot of sense. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:37 pm

Sabres coach Ruff: Ehrhoff likely to be out weeks

Brouwer is a pretty clean player for a hitting type, but that hit looked close to being an elbow and his skates nearly left the ice.   I don't blame Ehrhoff for the reaction to that hit.   It's a shame that they'll lose another defenseman.   I think Chicago would give Montador back.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:19 pm

Sabres coach Ruff: Ehrhoff likely to be out weeks

Ruff has got to go.

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