At their season ending press conference, the team was asked to comment on the players that were injured in games leading up to and during the playoffs.Â The injuries were:
Jason Pominville suffered a severed tendon in Game 2 and will require 4-6 months to heal.Â Pominville has had a rough season on the injury front, having played in 335 straight games before being injured in October on a hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson, who was suspended for 2 games after the hit was evaluated by the league.Â The hope is that he will recover quickly and be ready for training camp.
Tim Connolly suffered a sternum separation after being hit by Mike Richards in Game 6 and would have missed between 4-6 weeks had the Sabres continued in the playoffs.Â This, to me, was rather surprising as I was expecting the team to announce Connolly suffered a concussion.Â Timmy has quite the history of injury dating back to the 2003-2004 season (which he missed due to post concussion syndrome).Â In the last 5 seasons, Connolly has played in 281 games out of the 492 he was eligible to play in.
Patrick Kaleta suffered a broken hand blocking a shot and will have surgery on Monday.
Mike Grier will have surgery on his wrist sometime in the near future.Â He was also dealing with a bad knee for most of the season.Â His future is up in the air and when asked by the media “here or retire,” his response was “…if I play again, it’ll be here, if not that will probably be it.”Â Mike Grier was brought back to this team to help the young guys and be a leader in the locker room he did that and more throughout the course of the season, however, I just don’t think his body will be able to hold up for another season.Â I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sabres tried to put him in a role similar to that of Kevyn Adams (player development coach).
Andrej Sekera was suffering from an oblique strain in the rib area.Â He tried to return and play through it in Game 7, but it was not healed enough.Â He turned down a chance to play in the World Championships for Slovakia to allow himself a chance to heal.
Jochen Hecht suffered a concussion on March 29th against the Toronto Maple Leafs and missed the final 6 games of the regular season as well as the first 6 games of the 1st round playoff series against the Flyers.
Ryan Miller was also suffering from a concussion after being hit in the head with four shots over the course of a few games.Â As many people suspected, the injury was believed to be just a bruised collarbone (which he also had) after taking a hard shot from Dion Phaneuf on March 29th.
On a happier note though, Paul Gaustad was invited to join Team USA for the IIHF Men’s World Championships in Slovakia.Â Gaustad will be making his Team USA debut.Â Marc-Andre Gragnani was also added to the Team Canada roster for the tournament after a spectacular 1st round playoff series.