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Sabres' Niedermayer sidelined after surgery

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Buffalo Sabres center Rob Niedermayer underwent a minor arthroscopic knee procedure on Monday that will keep him out of the lineup for at least two weeks.

According to head coach Lindy Ruff, Niedermayer has been bothered by the injury since the preseason. After trying to play through it and not seeing any progress in recovery, the 35-year-old veteran decided to have the operation.

Niedermayer, who signed a one-year deal with Buffalo over the summer, has recorded six assists in 21 games so far this season.

Originally taken fifth overall by Florida in the 1993 draft, Niedermayer has 181 goals and 456 points in 1,103 career games with the Panthers, Flames, Ducks, Devils and Sabres.

Ruff also indicated that forward Jochen Hecht is questionable for Wednesday's home game against Pittsburgh after missing Monday's practice with an upper- body injury.

Center Tim Connolly left Monday's practice with a groin injury and his status for Wednesday's contest is yet to be determined.

11/22 16:26:50 ET