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Rick Vaive could be ready for the Buffalo Sabres' next game, Saturday in Montreal, but Dave Andreychuk could be out from eight to 20 days.

The Sabres put out a printed release that said Andreychuk injured a kneecap in Tuesday's hockey game at Quebec. They did not disclose the exact injury but did say the All-Star left winger would miss at least 10 days and then be re-evaluated medically at that time.

Dudley said Andreychuk suffered an injury in an area in which he had been injured before. He said there was no ligament damage, but that Andreychuk could miss up to 20 days.

Andreychuk is the team's second leading scorer behind Pierre Turgeon (23 goals, 32 assists, 55 points).

Vaive suffered a "mild concussion" when hit from behind by Darin Kimble in the game Tuesday at Quebec.

The Nordiques reported that Guy Lafleur indeed suffered a broken cheekbone in Tuesday's game. Lafleur has been listed as out indefinitely.
Dudley said he was "kind of embarrassed" by some of the events of the past two games, but stressed he was pleased his team stood up for itself, and indeed did it very well.

"It was an unusual situation and we addressed it before the game," he said. "We told them that if it happens, it happens and we'll deal with it when it comes. You can't approach a game thinking there will be a brawl. It did happen and that's unfortunate. It was bad in some ways and good in other ways."

Dudley said he thought Quebec coach Michel Bergeron was "a frustrated man" and that his team was a "frustrated team". He said he didn't think the Nordiques would win many games with the approach they took.

"They've got some good players on that team but if they keep playing that way they'll ruin them," he said. "That (Darin) Kimble kid has some talent, but you can't use him like that all the time. If they do they'll ruin him."
Dudley said the Sabres have or very soon will send a tape of Kimble's hit on Rick Vaive in Tuesday's game to the league office in Montreal, but he questioned the usefulness of it.

Four of Quebec's next five games are against Adams Division opponents, including a home-and-home series with division leader Boston.

"If he's suspended, I'm not sure it will help us," he said. "I think we would rather have him in the games. I hate to sound like I'm always criticizing the league, but when I was in the International League, they made a suspended player sit out the games against the team he was involved with. It seems to make more sense.

"We should go after the suspension because of what he did, but I'm not sure it will help."
The Sabres called up and dressed Brad Miller for the pregame warmup, but did not dress the 6-4, 200-plus defenseman.

Dudley said he thought about playing Miller but given the circumstances surrounding the game, it was unfair to the young player. Having played the night before also figured in his thinking.

"When you play two games in two nights, you want to be able to use four lines the second night. Had we dressed him we likely would have gone with seven defensemen and we wouldn't have been able to use the four lines."

That depth was obvious in the third period when the Sabres outshot Quebec, 17-12, and outscored the Nordiques, 4-0.

Buffalo did dress Alexander Mogilny and Jeff Parker in place of Andreychuk and Vaive.

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