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Update: Lindy Ruff broke three ribs in practice collision

Feb 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff

Earlier today, Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff left practice in a great deal of pain thanks to an inadvertent leg sweep from Jordan Leopold.

After going to local hospital for X-rays, it was learned the 51-year-old bench boss had suffered three broken ribs, according to the Sabres team website.

Ruff wasn’t made available for comment following the diagnosis, but the Sabres reported he would be back at practice on Tuesday. Buffalo’s next game is on Wednesday at the First Niagara Center against Boston.

The collision occurred when Leopold got tangled with Ville Leino and lost his balance, sliding to the ice and clipping Ruff from behind, taking the coach’s legs out. Ruff went airborne and landed hard on the ice, letting out a very audible scream that alerted those in attendance.

“I lost my breath,” Leopold said. “I was looking back and I kind of yelled, ‘Are you all right? Are you all right?’ Right away, ‘No.’ That wasn’t a good thing.”

(Image courtesy Buffalo News)

  1. yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    He had it coming
    – Sabre Fans

    • millertime30 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      not a big fan of the few crazies who think they speak for
      “____fans” (insert any team name)

  2. billsin20xx - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Talk about a jinxed team as far as injuries, even the coach!!!
    Get a couple of them back last week, then lose Vanek now Ruff.

    Hang it up this season and get ready for next. At least MSG and TW can shove it, I’m not that upset missing the games.

  3. fishtacos4me - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Looks like gramps needs to stay off the ice and hit the bingo games a little more often.

    • millertime30 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      and as for you.. longest tenured head coach does not mean oldest head coach.

      there are nine head coaches that are older than him. nice try

  4. buffalomafia - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Maybe it will be easy to get rid of him?

  5. buffalomafia - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    @billsin20xx your right the way the Sabres are playing let TW & MSG fight i dont miss watching junior hockey either!

    Time Warner cable sucks!

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Whats the matter Miller30? If you dont know by now Buffalo is a mediocre sports town then something is wrong with you?

  7. buffalo72 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    first check Leopold has thrown in three years.

  8. sangwinacher - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Injuries gave plagued this team and are now slowly creeping into the coaching staff… it’s an epidemic

  9. dial1911 - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    You know what this means? It’s open season on coaches.

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