Sabres' Evander Kane out 'weeks' with three cracked ribs

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 13: Evander Kane #9 of the Buffao Sabres is tended to by head athletic trainer Rich Stinziano after crashing into the boards during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on October 13, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – OCTOBER 13: Evander Kane #9 of the Buffao Sabres is tended to by head athletic trainer Rich Stinziano after crashing into the boards during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on October 13, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Evander Kane will miss “weeks,” according to Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma, after the forward slammed into the end boards during Thursday’s opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

[Sign up to play Yahoo Fantasy Hockey for free | Mock Draft | Latest news]

Toward the end of the second period Kane chased after a puck into the Montreal zone with defensemen Alexei Emelin. The two bumped, Kane lost and edge and crashed.

He left the game and did not return. According to Bylsma, Kane has three cracked ribs, an injury that could affect the forward even when he’s back in the Sabres’ lineup.

“In the oblique area, it’s going to be something that you deal with even when you come back with rotation and the discomfort,” Bylsma said via the Buffalo News.

Kane joins Jack Eichel (6-8 weeks) and day-to-day teammates Dmitry Kulikov and Kyle Okposo as Sabres players currently on the mend. Though in Okposo’s case he is expected to make his debut with the team on Sunday against Edmonton.

– – – – – – –

Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!