NHL notes: Ruff breaks ribs in practice
|Lindy Ruff. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)
Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff broke three ribs in a collision with defenceman Jordan Leopold during Monday's practice.
Leopold lost his balance during a drill and slid into Ruff from behind, sending the 51-year-old flying, according to the Buffalo News. Ruff landed hard and was tended to by the team's training staff before leaving the ice early.
Leopold, meanwhile, was also left shaken up. Mentally, not physically.
"I know Lindy is a tough guy, played a lot of games in the NHL and played through a lot of injuries," Leopold said on the News website. "Your body ends up hurting more and more the older you get but that was one of those unexpected ones. Those are dangerous."
Ruff wasn't the only coach hurt in practice Monday. Tom Renney of the Edmonton Oilers took a puck off the head and was forced to leave for stitches. Renney missed Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of the injury.
Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa learned the hard way it's not a good idea to talk on a cell phone while cycling.
Sbisa crashed his bicycle while chatting on the phone Saturday in Newport Beach, Calif. He took a face-first spill, leaving some road rash near his right temple.
"My one wheel starting rubbing the curb and it got caught," a sheepish Sbisa said. "My hands were behind me and that's why I got (scraped) up here. My face hit the ground. At least no one saw it. I was like it didn't even hurt until I got home and I'm looking in the mirror and I'm like, 'This is bad.'
"It looks worse than it is."
Of course, his teammates were totally understanding.
"His bicycle's alright," goalie Jonas Hiller said. "It was protected well because of the face."
The Carolina Hurricanes put veteran forward Anthony Stewart on waivers Monday.
But Stewart, a first-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2003, had some company on the waiver wire.
The Boston Bruins also waived forward Zach Hamill while the San Jose Sharks did the same with forward Andrew Murray. Hamill is another former first-rounder (2007) who suited up for just 16 games this season while Murray, who brings more grit than scoring, has one goal in 39 games with the Sharks.
SURPRISE, SAM'S NO. 1
Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner, he of the eight-point game against the Chicago Blackhawks, was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday.
Gagner followed up his eight-point effort with two goals and one assists in a win over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday. He was in on 11 straight Oilers goals over the two-game stretch.
Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils and goalie James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs took second and third star honours.
Kovalchuk had 10 points in four games, including three straight three-point outings, while Reimer posted back-to-back shutouts in his only two starts of the week.
Forward Chuck Kobasew if the Colorado Avalanche was fined $2,500 for tripping Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis Saturday. The incident took place during a race for a puck on an icing call ... Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich didn't practice Monday but the team still doesn't know the severity of the left knee injury that forced him to leave Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. Laich was hurt on a hit by Dennis Seidenberg and left the arena on crutches ... The Montreal Canadiens sent forward Ryan White and Aaron Palushaj to Hamilton of the AHL. White, who hasn't played yet this season due to a sports hernia, was sent down on a conditioning assignment ... The Minnesota Wild signed defenceman Nate Prosser to a two-year, $1.65 million contract extension. The 25-year-old has six assists in 23 games with the Wild this season ... Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow is expected to miss at least three more games with a neck and shoulder injury. Morrow is eligible to come off IR later this week but that's not likely to happen.