Gerbe to Make Season Debut, Leino to IR

Updated: January 24, 2013

When the Buffalo Sabres take the ice tonight in Carolina, there will be a familiar face on the Sabres bench.

For the first time in 2013, Nathan Gerbe will be in the lineup.

Gerbe missed the first two games this season after under going a discectomy last offseason. The injury occurred when Gerbe was crushed into the boards last December against the New York Islanders.

According to, a discectomy “is surgery to remove herniated disc material that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord.”

Matt Ellis is expected to be a healthy scratch this evening.

Also, the Buffalo Sabres announced this afternoon that forward Ville Leino has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to last Sunday.

This move clears a roster space for Nathan Gerbe to be activated.

As you may recall, Leino suffered a lower-body injury in one of the final preseason practices with the Sabres.

In accordance with NHL rules, Leino will not be able to be re-activated for seven days.

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5 Comments on "Gerbe to Make Season Debut, Leino to IR"

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Justin Banker via Facebook
January 24, 2013 4:20 PM

@Mike Leino wasnt playing anyway so he was a scratch. With him coming to IR and Gerbe coming off, we essentially have another healthy forward to put in the mix. Matt Ellis who has been playing in the past 2 games is going to be a scratch to give Gerbe the chance to play, basically we get a healthy scratch instead of an injury (leino).

January 24, 2013 4:17 PM


January 24, 2013 4:16 PM

Michael, this would just mean one less scratch, with Ellis/Weber/Brennan now.

No need to bring guys up for depth right now.

Gregory Ickowski via Facebook
January 24, 2013 3:47 PM

Leino to IR really .

January 24, 2013 3:45 PM

just a question would this mean we could bring someone up from Rochester for this weekend? or just leave one less healthy scratch?

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