When Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane suffered a knee injury in the team’s 4-3 loos to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, it didn’t look good when it came to the severity of it. Kane was seen walking with a severe limp in the hallway afterwards, and stated that he hoped it wasn’t going to be too long of a recovery period.
On Monday, it was made known just how long that recovery will take.
In his press conference after Monday’s practice, head coach Dan Bylsma said that Kane will be out of the lineup for the next four-to-six weeks. The MRI results should an injury to Kane’s MCL, but it won’t require surgery in order to heal.
In eight games, Kane tallied a goal and two assists for the Sabres. Though it doesn’t look it on the scoresheet, Kane was one of Buffalo’s most prolific forwards to start the season. His ability to create scoring chances was apparent in every game, but he was snakebit when it came to putting the puck in the back of the net.
To replace Kane in the lineup, the Sabres have called up center Tim Schaller from AHL Rochester. Schaller has a goal and an assist in six games for the Americans. He played in 18 games for the Sabres last season, scoring a goal and an assist.
As for the other injured Sabres forward, Marcus Foligno, his status is still listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered against the Montreal Canadiens last Friday.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.