BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder has a
broken left arm and the Sabres said he will miss up to two months.
He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday.
Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 3-0 victory over the New York
Islanders on Thursday night, and missed Buffalo's 5-4 shootout loss
to Atlanta on Saturday, the Sabres' first of the season.
It is the same arm he broke in a collision along the boards in
Game 3 of last season's Eastern Conference finals against Carolina.
"It's tough," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I'm disappointed
for him because he was playing real well for us, and now the same
thing happened. I know how frustrating it is."
Tallinder has two goals and two assists in 10 games this season,
and ranks second on the team in averaging 20:45 of ice time per
Rookie defenseman Nathan Paetsch, who has been a healthy scratch
since the start of the season, replaced Tallinder in the lineup in
Buffalo's loss to Atlanta that stopped the Sabres' record-tying
10-game winning streak.
"For his first game, and for the type of game he got thrown in,
I thought he did a real nice job for us," Ruff said. "He's worked
extremely hard in staying ready."
Paetsch made his pro debut appearing in two games last season,
including Buffalo's loss to Carolina in Game 7 of the Eastern