As if this hockey season couldn't get any stranger. It seems that having an inordinate number of player injuries wasn't enough, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff broke three ribs during Monday morning's practice at First Niagara Center when he was blindsided by defenseman Jordan Leopold.

Ruff was skating backwards when he fell over a sliding Leopold who had lost an edge. Ruff fell hard to the ice and laid there several minutes in pain until he was helped off the ice. He wasn't available to the media after the workout.  Sabres officials say Ruff intends to be back at practice tomorrow.

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller says it's the second most serious injury to a coach he's seen in his career. Former Sabres assistant coach Brian McCutcheon suffered a serious injury when he was struck in the head by a puck.