The Buffalo Sabres have lost the services of agitator Patrick Kaleta for the next 4-6 weeks following surgery on a lower-body injury, head coach Ted Nolan confirmed on Monday.
“Anybody that plays as hard as he does and what this team means to him and this organization and the city, he wears everything on his sleeve, boy his heart’s on his sleeve and when you play that way, sometimes certain things are going to break down,” Nolan said, per WGR 550 Radio.
Kaleta, 28, returned to the Sabres lineup this year after spending almost all of last season with a torn ACL. While he hasn’t been overly effective — just three points while averaging 8:38 TOI over 33 games — the New York Post floated Kaleta as a potential trade deadline target for the Rangers:
Remember last January when there was almost universal skepticism — if not revulsion — when Sather acquired Daniel Carcillo from LA? Remember how useful Carcillo was until that moment in Game 3 of the conference finals against Montreal when he became engaged with linesman Scott Driscoll and elbowed his way out of New York?
Well, presented for your (and Sather’s) consideration, another reclamation project right up the general manager’s alley.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, the notorious pending free agent who, when not injuring opponents with headshots and when maintaining his discipline, is exactly the tough, grinding depth winger so necessary to go deep in the playoffs.
Kaleta’s in the last of a three-year, $3.75 million deal with a $1.25M cap hit. It’s unclear what he would cost in terms of a trade, but Buffalo’s asking price could be significantly lowered if he’s unable to return until the end of March.
Michael Raffl had the game winner as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Sunday night.
With the win Philly now has points in nine straight (6-0-3). Buffalo has just one win in its last five after snapping a franchise-worst 14-game losing streak on Feb. 3.
Philadelphia moves to within five points of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Matt Read opened the scoring with his fifth of the season at 3:19 of the first period.
Nikita Zadorov tied it 1-1, on a Buffalo power play, at 13:57 of the second period.
Zach Bogosian made his Sabres debut Sunday. He finished with a Buffalo season-high 11 hits, two blocked shots and a team-leading 24:49 of ice time in the loss.
Ray Emery made 21 saves improving to 10-9-3 on the season.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 28 shots in the loss.
Zach Bogosian made his Buffalo Sabres debut tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The defenseman, who was acquired in the Evander Kane trade, made his presence felt in the first period.
Bogosian finished with six hits in 8:03 of ice time.
Flyers’ forward Chris VandeVelde was on the receiving end of a Bogosian hit just past the midway mark of the first.
The Philadelphia Flyers are riding their longest point streak this season picking up at least one point in each of their last eight games (5-0-3). However, they head to Buffalo looking avoid a third straight loss. The Flyers have blown third period leads in back to back games.
Since snapping a franchise-worst 14-game losing skid on Feb. 3, the Buffalo Sabres have just one win in four games and look to avoid a third straight loss tonight.
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No shame about Ray
The Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t have felt great about their slim playoff hopes when Steve Mason went down with his knee injury. For better or worse, it’s on Ray Emery, and Sunday is the kind of game he has to win.
Since taking over for Mason in February, Emery’s gone 1-0-2. The 30-year-old’s overall numbers aren’t much to brag about (9-9-3 with a .890 save percentage), but this stretch will probably make a big impact on how the league views the pugnacious puck-stopper going forward.
On the Buffalo side, Michal Neuvirth gets a chance to stretch his legs in the Sabres’ net with Jhonas Enroth shipped off to Dallas.
The situations are quite different, yet both netminders have plenty to prove today.
Blues at Panthers: Brian Elliott vs. Roberto Luongo
Lightning at Sharks: Expected starters are Ben Bishop against Antti Niemi
Capitals at Ducks: Expected starters are Justin Peters vs. John Gibson