Leino was missing from the Sabres' practice on Thursday morning, a day after Buffalo began the season with a 2-1 loss in Detroit. Later, coach Ron Rolston made the announcement on Leino's diagnosis.
That's not something you come back from right away either. Cracked ribs can take a while to heal and even when they do, the pain stemming from the injury can linger for a long time. So Leino could be off the ice for a while.
Since Leino had a breakout campaign with the Flyers when he posted 19 goals and 34 assists in 2010-11 to go with two strong postseasons, he signed a six-year $27 million deal with the Sabres. It came under heavy criticism right away as Leino fell back and had just eight goals, 17 assists in 71 games in his first season with the Sabres. It got worse last season as he only was able to appear in eight games. Now his third season is going to be cut short again.
In the opening-night loss Leino saw 12:38 of ice time and didn't make his way onto the box score.