BUFFALO, N.Y. - It has been a rough couple seasons for Sabres' forward Corey Tropp. Last year, playing for the Rochester Americans, he suffered a season-ending knee injury on opening night. It was announced Wednesday that he is out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered Sunday night in Toronto.
Tropp, who goes 6-foot and 183 pounds squared off in the third period with the 6-foot-5-inch, 217 pound Jamie Devane of the Maple Leafs. The two exchanged punches, Tropp lost his helmet during the scrum, and after a hard punch the two fell to the ice. As they fell, Devane's arm and elbow came down onto Tropp's face, slamming his head into the ice.
Coach Ron Rolston announced the injury Wednesday morning. Tropp will be out several weeks with a broken jaw.
That incident was followed by a line-brawl on the next face-off which resulted in Rolston being fined by the NHL for "player selection" and for failing to control his players. Sabre enforcer John Scott lined up next to the much smaller Leaf star Phil Kessel and immediately dropped his gloves. Kessel gave Scott a pair of two-handed slashes as he pulled away and as Scott was jumped on by Kessel's teammates.
In the end, Kessel was suspended for the remaining 3 preseason games and Leaf forward David Clarkson suspended for 10 regular season games for leaving the bench during the brawl.
Rolston updated Marcus Foligno and Cody McCormick's statuses. He expects McCormick to be ready to go on Friday, and Foligno to be ready by the first game of the regular season. Both were injured during the Leafs' game on Sunday.
Rolston also addressed the media about the fine he received from the NHL for player selection and team conduct. He says, "it's part of what they [the NHL] do when they think they have something in the best interest of the game."