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January 25, 2012 | 11:01am ET
Hecht has another concussion

Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht was out of the lineup for Tuesday's 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils, after he was diagnosed with a concussion.

According to the Buffalo News, the 34-year-old took part in the morning skate, but quickly began to feel the symptoms.

He became yet another Sabre to be sidelined with an injury as he was suffered his second concussion of the season and third in less than a year.

"He's not good," coach Lindy Ruff said told the News. "He's got concussion symptoms. Wasn't feeling bad [Monday]. He took a hit from [T.J.] Oshie in St. Louis, kind of an elbow -- and came off [Tuesday] and he was a mess. He couldn't focus. Emotionally, he was really unstable. He's in a tough place right now. We're worried... To come off and be the way he was tells you that there's something wrong."

The veteran center missed the first 20 games of the season after he was concussed during the opening practice of training camp. He missed most of the final two months last year after suffering a concussion and a setback when he attempted to return too early.

Hecht is currently in the last year of a four-year, $14.1 million contract with the Sabres and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

In 22 games this season, Hecht has collected four goals and four assists for eight points.

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