The season hasn’t even begun yet for the Portland Pirates and they’re going to face a serious hole on their blueline as Marc-Andre Gragnani will be out for an extended period of time.
Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff addressing the media this morning said defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani will miss four-to-six weeks with a knee injury after suffering from a grade two knee sprain in Friday’s rookie scrimmage.
Ruff said Gragnani wouldn’t need surgery.
Gragnani came into camp ready to compete for one of three open spots on the blueline with the Buffalo Sabres, but due to a numbers game, he’s more than likely bound for Pirates where he would have seen significant ice time on the Pirates backend, and quarterbacked the power play.
“He came into camp in real good shape,” Ruff said. “He’s pretty disappointed. He realized it’s a missed opportunity to play some games and show his skill. We’re disappointed, but obviously there will be another change for him.”
The loss of Gragnani leaves a huge hole on the Pirates blueline. Tim Conboy becomes the most experienced blueliner, followed by second year players TJ Brennan, Drew Schiestel and Dennis Persson.
NOTES: The Sabres have brought Mark Parrish into training camp on a tryout basis. The 11-year NHL veteran played for the Norfolk Admirals last season, where he scored 17 goals, 21 assists for 38 points in 56 games. In 720 NHL games with Florida, New York Islanders, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Dallas and Tampa Bay, he’s scored 216 goals, 171 assists for 387 points.