If you are a fan of the Buffalo Sabres, brace yourself for what appears to be some bad news. According to reports on Saturday night, the Sabres will be without their right winger Patrick Kaleta for the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn ACL.
The report initially came from the Buffalo News.
Kaleta was playing for the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester when he suffered the injury on Friday night in a game against the Lake Erie Monsters.
Kaleta collided with Lake Erie goalie Calvin Pickard when his leg hit the crossbar. Since being sent back down to the AHL, Kaleta had a goal and three assists in seven games with the Rochester Americans.
During his time with the Sabres this season, Kaleta was handed a ten-game suspension for an Oct. 15 hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. The 27-year-old Buffalo native appealed the ten-game ban, but the suspension was ultimately upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.