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Gaustad’s Surgery Leaves Hole on the Wing
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Blogs )

Sep 30th 2008 6:59PM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, Wild, NHL General, NHL InjuriesThe Buffalo Sabres announced today that C/LW Paul Gaustad had surgery to repair a ligment in his right thumb. Goose prevailing wisdom was that he injured it when he jumped Marc-Andre Bergeron after Bergeron submarined Danny Paille bruising Paille’s thigh in the process in Monday’s exhibition game against Minnesota. That’s apparently not the case according to Lindy Ruff.
“It’s not something he could play through,” head coach Lindy Ruff said. “It was something that came up…When we had the MRI yesterday, it was found he needed to have it operated on.”

It was originally thought that Gaustad injured his thumb while taking on Marc-Andre Bergeron after the Minnesota forward laid a hit on Daniel Paille. But according to Ruff, it wasn’t during the fight, but in the previous shift that Gaustad claims he hurt it.
Among the many issues surrounding the Sabres to start this season are their depth at center, on-ice leadership and toughness. Gaustad provides all of that and a whole lot more. This will be the first big test of this group in how they deal with him not being in the lineup. This is yet another example of why the NHL’s pre-season schedule this year is monumemtally stupid. 20 days of camp with 7.4 games per team

Where’s the training portion of training camp?

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