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Sabres put leading scorer Hodgson on IR

Jan 1, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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Buffalo has placed leading scorer Cody Hodgson on injured reserve with a thumb/wrist injury, recalling forward Johan Larsson and defenseman Brayden McNabb.

Hodgson, 23, was hurt on Dec. 19 blocking a shot against Boston. Prior to the injury he topped the Sabres in scoring with 19 points, and was tied for the team lead in goals (eight) with Tyler Ennis.

Hodgson has since missed the last five games with the injury — possibly a broken bone — and could be out for the foreseeable future. The Sabres next play on Thursday in Minnesota.

Larsson, who was sent to AHL Roochester on Dec. 24, has been up and down throughout the year, appearing in 18 games for the Sabres while registering one assist. It’s likely he’ll draw into the lineup should Hodgson be out for an extended period of time.

McNabb has also been up and down this year, appearing in five games at the NHL level. The former third-round pick is up after Henrik Tallinder was lost for 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury.

  1. anthj99 - Jan 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Friggin’ Darcy.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jan 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Thankfully Darcy has given us the depth at forward AND defense to adjust to injuries.

      Thank You Darcy!

      • billsin20xx - Jan 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        Yes, we are totally loaded with fourth line/AHL caliber players! Thanks Darcy!

      • anthj99 - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        “Depth” doesn’t just mean having bodies to fill a hole. Our “A” team is in last place in the entire NHL so what does that say about the “B” team “depth” players you talk about on the Amerks? Darcy set this team so far behind and the rebuild didn’t truly begin until he was fired. I can’t believe there are still people out there that defend him. Maybe you can follow his fan club to his next GM gig with the Saskatoon over 40 men’s league bc there’s not another pro team anywhere that’ll hire that chump.

      • bigblackzaranek - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Ant99, as much as I hate that guy, he did fleece a few trades during his time here.

  2. westinpat - Jan 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    “McNabb has also been up and down this year, appearing in five games at the NHL level. The former third-round pick is up after Henrik Tallinder was lost for 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury.a trade with the Wild in April 2013.”

    Pretty sure this is a typo. Larsson was acquired via trade from the Wild and McNabb was drafted by the Sabres.

  3. canada2014gold - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Why is it they seem to be playing better without this guy. He needs to work on his two way game

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