Miller to begin rehab assignment in Rochester

Updated: December 8, 2005, 11:28 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, recovering from a broken right thumb, will begin a rehab assignment with Rochester of the AHL.

 Ryan Miller

Miller was examined Thursday in Buffalo and cleared to play. He is expected to be in goal for the Americans on Friday when they host Houston.

The Sabres' No. 1 goalie was injured while stopping a shot during the team's morning skate before a 10-4 loss to Ottawa on Nov. 2. He began skating a few weeks ago and started to block shots this past week.

Miller, Buffalo's fifth-round draft pick in 1999, had screws put into the thumb to help stabilize the it. He said there is still some numbness surrounding the area.

"The muscle around the bone is not completely healed, and there is scar tissue," he said. "But it's not a pain."

Miller is 6-4 with a 2.77 goals-against average this season.

His six wins in October were one shy of Ed Belfour's NHL record for most by a rookie during the month. Belfour went 7-3 with Chicago in 1990.

Last year, Miller was named as the best goalie in the AHL, finishing with 41 wins for the Americans.

In other injury news, Sabres forward J.P. Dumont had successful surgery Thursday in Montreal to repair his sports hernia. He will be out until at least mid-February.

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