Sabres’ Tropp broke jaw in fight vs. Leafs, out 5-6 weeks


The fallout from Sunday’s Toronto-Buffalo melee continues.

On Wednesday, the Sabres announced that forward Corey Tropp broke his jaw in a fight with the Leafs’ Jamie Devane and has undergone surgery to repair the break.

According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Tropp will miss the next 5-6 weeks.

The fight, which was the tipping point for a line brawl that resulted in over 200 penalty minutes, went like this:

Devane — who, at 6-foot-5, 217 pounds is about five inches and 20 pounds heavier than Tropp — told reporters following the game Tropp was the one that initiated the fight.

That didn’t stop the Sabres from saying they were displeased with out the tilt unfolded:

According to WGR 550’s Paul Hamilton, Tropp did pass concussion baseline tests.

The 24-year-old looked as though he was in line to make the Sabres out of training camp this year. He had a good 2011-12 season, making his NHL debut while scoring eight points in 34 games, but then suffered a season-ending knee injury during AHL Rochester’s season-opening game in October.

Tampa Bay defenseman Radko Gudas hammered him into the boards late in the third period, at which point Tropp tried to put weight on his leg, but was unable to skate.

Tropp suffered ACL and MCL damage on the play, and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.