|Sabres captain Craig Rivet has knee surgery|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 22 October 2008 11:31|
General manager Darcy Regier made the announcement shortly before the Sabres (5-0-1) practiced to prepare for a two-game road trip that opens at Minnesota on Thursday. Regier did not say which knee Rivet hurt.
The injury, which wasn't sustained during a game, gradually became worse as Rivet continued to play.
``It's something that needed to be done because it wasn't going to go away,'' coach Lindy Ruff said. ``He's been hobbling pretty good.''
The veteran defenseman had an assist and logged more than 20 minutes of ice time in a 3-2 win over Boston on Tuesday. Rivet has three assists in six games this season.
``He's disappointed,'' Ruff said. ``I have to give him a lot of credit for playing the couple games that he played, and to play as well as he did.''
bres' games this year, will replace Rivet.
``It's an opportunity for Nathan to step in and get some quality playing time,'' Ruff said. ``We just want to see him play solid defensively.''
A 14-year NHL veteran, Rivet was acquired in a trade with San Jose in July. He immediately made an impact in Buffalo with his physical play and was voted captain by his teammates.
``We're going to miss him but you have to get through injuries,'' Ruff said.
Rivet joins forwards Jochen Hecht (finger), Tim Connolly (back) and Paul Gaustad (thumb) on Buffalo's injured list.