Sabres C Gaustad out for season
Three days after suffering a laceration near his left ankle, Gaustad on Saturday was proclaimed out for the season with a severed tendon by coach Lindy Ruff.
Gaustad is expected to undergo surgery Tuesday.
“Paul is a big loss from a physical presence standpoint,” said Ruff, whose team leads the NHL with 80 points. “I’m not going to sit here and deny the loss. He’s a lot of grit for us, a lot of character. … We’re going to miss Paul, there’s no doubt.”
Gaustad, who has nine goals and 13 assists in 54 games this campaign, was cut by a skate in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Ottawa and expected to miss just one game. But the injury was discovered to be much more serious than originally believed and will end the center’s 2006-07 season.
“I’m Paul’s biggest fan,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said. “I love the way he plays. I feel for him. You really don’t know how to react when someone tells you that.”
A seventh-round pick in 2000, the 25-year-old North Dakota native has 18 tallies and 46 points in 133 career games with the Sabres.