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Sabres’ Tropp broke jaw in fight vs. Leafs, out 5-6 weeks

Sep 25, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

The fallout from Sunday’s Toronto-Buffalo melee continues.

On Wednesday, the Sabres announced that forward Corey Tropp broke his jaw in a fight with the Leafs’ Jamie Devane and has undergone surgery to repair the break.

According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Tropp will miss the next 5-6 weeks.

The fight, which was the tipping point for a line brawl that resulted in over 200 penalty minutes, went like this:

Devane — who, at 6-foot-5, 217 pounds is about five inches and 20 pounds heavier than Tropp — told reporters following the game Tropp was the one that initiated the fight.

That didn’t stop the Sabres from saying they were displeased with out the tilt unfolded:

According to WGR 550’s Paul Hamilton, Tropp did pass concussion baseline tests.

The 24-year-old looked as though he was in line to make the Sabres out of training camp this year. He had a good 2011-12 season, making his NHL debut while scoring eight points in 34 games, but then suffered a season-ending knee injury during AHL Rochester’s season-opening game in October.

Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas hammered him into the boards late in the third period, at which point Tropp tried to put weight on his leg, but was unable to skate.

Tropp suffered ACL and MCL damage on the play, and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.

  1. kingsforever - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Upset that he got knocked out? They wouldn’t care if the Leaf player was the one knocked out.

    That’s fighting, you win some you lose some.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Fights like this happen every preseason. You get some guy who wants to prove he can fight go up against someone who actually can… and then you get this. It happens. Tropp should have picked a player his own size to tangle with.

    And too all the people who’ve been acting like Kessel started the Brawl by yapping at Scott, go to 1:00 into this video and pay attention to where the refs hurry off to and who the announcer points out is starting the yapping.

    The refs should be fined, rather than Rolston, for letting Scott stay on the ice. It was obvious he was going to try something.

    • withseidelinn - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I don’t get why this receives thumbs down. Tropp chose a guy out of his weight class and fighting ability. He accepted the risk when asking to fight Devane and now he accepts the consequences. Same situation when Dziurynski (spelling) fought McLaren. You assume the risk when fighting and cannot blame the other player or team when you sustain an injury.Seems harsh, but that’s the reality.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      I agree with the first part but I’m not aware of on-ice officials being able to take players off the ice without a penalty being called or a bad line change so I don’t see how you put the onus on them.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        They used to be able to, not sure with the new rule book, but when things start getting out of hand, refs have been able to remove goons from the ice to keep the peace. Usually happened after a brawl already started, but considering Scotts behavior after the Devane-Tropp fight, it was pretty clear what his intentions with Kessel were. The ref could have stopped it before it started.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        But they can’t. There’s no rule that allows them to do that.

  3. mc321984 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    and then there are guys like Phil Kessel who have slits between their legs

    • dueman - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Poor Sabres fans still crying. I know, I know, Ott, and Kaleta are going to destroy the whole Leafs team, just like Flynn beat up Kessel, and Miller beat up Bernier. They are going to destroy them all, yada, yada, yada. There have definitely been more 12 year olds on this site in the last couple of days.

      • pxland - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Is it possible to thumbs up a comment more than once? This deserves several.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Sabres fan don’t have a problem with Scott fighting. He is 5″ and well more than 20lbs more than most of the guys he fights. He was deemed a hero when he fought Thornton who is 6″ shorter and 50lbs lighter.. But that’s ok?

        in the immortal words of Chris Rock:

        “you got knocked the F*** out… Paybacks a B****”.

        I mean seriously… is there a bigger disgrace of a team in the league than Buffalo? They aren’t even good at being goons. Seriously they had a guy beaten up by Phil Kessel. Phil Kessel!?!

    • pepper2011 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      @MC- I also think this means one of your guys got his butt handed to him by a girl, and your Giant of a man was trying to hit the aforementioned girl. Either way; you kinda lose.

  4. 950003cups - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I remember Matt Corrente picking a fight with Trevor Gilles and getting his face rearranged. That’s preseason. If the Sabres can’t handle it, hire the personnel that can. John Scott had no business attacking Kessel.

  5. ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    i’m surprised that’s all that’s wrong with him. he hit his head pretty damn hard on the ice when he went down

    • shamu1the1whale - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      I agree. Maybe everything that’s ailing him from the fight hasn’t all shown itself yet. Some injuries, like brain injuries, take time for symptoms to show even if the person passes the initial concussion tests done on-site…

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      He had a really, really minor concussion. He already passed the baseline tests for that though.

  6. travishenryskid - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Can’t wait until they get fighting out of the game. Tropp could be seriously injured for something that has absolutely nothing to do with the game.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      I can’t wait until you stop commenting on this site. It’s like you’ve never seen a hockey game before

      • pepper2011 - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        it’s a strange day when we can agree flow…

        also very funny coming from a Sabres; you know the team that actually pays John Scott.

    • shamu1the1whale - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      I agree with you completely, travishenryskid. Well said.

  7. bagjr387 - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I just can’t wait until November 15th & 16th….that is all. This whole fine and suspension thing won’t matter in about 7 weeks

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I’ve been following this league for over 40 years. Let me give you a preview… nothing will happen Nov. 15 or 16. It’s a lot of hype that will result in nothing. It’s happened time and time before.

  8. dirtyback - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Scott is a punk who’s only contribution to the Sabers team is intimidation. For being such a big guy he sure sucks at fighting, ask Colton Orr. I just can’t get over the fact that he was going to jump Kessel, I mean C’MON MAN! Your a heavy weight, you should be fighting other heavy weights, unless your to much of a pussssssss. I know what Kessel did was unacceptable but what would you do if a giant came after you with the intent to injure?

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Scott was on the ice before the line change, so why didn’t Scott take on Devane when he had the chance? Why did he wuss out and let Tropp take on a much bigger fighter?

    Scott had the chance for a fair fight, let his teammate get destroyed, then goes after a much small non-fighter like Kessel. This is your hero, Buffalo fans? really?

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      oh yeah… and then Flynn got destroyed by Kessel.

      Thanks to Scott being afraid of Devane, he let at least TWO of his own teammates get creamed. I hope Tropp comes back, but Flynn? Good luck. Can you make the NHL if you have “got beat up by Kessel” on your resume?

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