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Sabres’ Ehrhoff out indefinitely with knee injury

Mar 28, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

Christian Ehrhoff

Some potentially disastrous news out of Buffalo today as Lindy Ruff told reporters Christian Ehrhoff will be out indefinitely with a knee injury.

“He’ll miss some time,” Ruff said, declining to specify if the injury was day-to-day or week-to-week. “It’ll be a period of time.”

Regardless of how much time Ehrhoff misses, this is a profound loss for Buffalo. The Sabres are 19-5-5 since Ehrhoff and Robyn Regehr returned to the lineup in late January — no Sabre plays more than Ehrhoff (team-leading 23:03 per game) and no defenseman scores more (5G-27A-32PTS).

Ruff acknowledged the 29-year-old was playing a huge role for the Sabres.

“Christian has been logging a lot of minutes and been playing well for us, but every team has to deal with it,” he said. “We have to deal with it. We have to face a little bit of adversity, and we need players to step up, and I thought last night we did. Some guys played some big minutes and played well for us.”

Sabres.com reports that Mike Weber will replace Ehrhoff in the lineup. Weber has been a healthy scratch in the last four games and has only played 47 times this year after making 58 appearances a season ago.

  1. rabidbillsfan - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    This is bad, but it isn’t a death blow. Ehrhoff was our most potent offensive D-man, but he was above-average in his own zone at best. Weber is a better d zone guy, and that also means McNabb will be coming up more than likely and thats awesome news. This will sting until he gets back, but we should manage.

    • mainevent7567 - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Let’s not tell any lies here. The reason Weber is in the press box is because the one thing he is supposed to be good at (Defensive zone), he hasn’t been any good at. Unreal turnovers right in front more times than I can count.

  2. riles1008 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Oh yeh Weber is awful. I don’t know why we play him. He provides ZERO offense, he sucks in his own zone, he coughs the puck up and he doesn’t even lay booms on the back end like say Regeher. Losing Erhoff is big. Not a death blow but big.

  3. writeit22 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    AND he won’t take any heat for the upcoming loss, next game.

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