Sabres News & Rumors: Tuch, Anderson, Tokarski & Caggiula

In this edition of Buffalo Sabres News & Rumors, the Sabres provide an update on recovery timelines for Alex Tuch, Craig Anderson, Dustin Tokarski and Drake Caggiula.

Tuch Expected to Make Sabres Debut Within the Coming Weeks

Sabres fans are still waiting for soon-to-be fan favorite Tuch to take the ice in a Buffalo uniform, and all signs are pointing to his return in the coming weeks. The Sabres released its updated injury report on Friday, with Tuch’s status listed as out week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The 25-year-old forward has returned to the practice ice but is not game-ready just yet.

Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights
Former Vegas Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tuch, a native of Syracuse, New York, was acquired by the Sabres in the deal that sent Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights. It’s difficult to find a perfect trade when dealing with talent and unique situations like Eichel’s. Still, Buffalo general manager Kevyn Adams managed to acquire an incredible key piece in his return package, which also included Peyton Krebs, a top-10 protected first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

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Adams has preached the desire for players who want to play in Buffalo and are proud to wear the Sabres uniform. There’s a good chance the team just got the perfect player in the league to embody Adams’ values. As Tuch tweeted following his trade from Vegas, “being from Upstate NY, it’s been a dream of mine to put on the Sabres jersey. Thank you, Buffalo and I can’t wait to get started!” He likely won’t have to wait much longer.

Anderson’s Recovery Timeline is Extended to Month-to-Month

The Sabres released unfortunate news that Anderson’s recovery time is extended to month-to-month on Friday. The 40-year-old veteran goaltender had a strong start with Buffalo, recording a .921 save percentage (SV%) and 2.49 goals-against average (GAA) in his six starts this season. The former Bill Masterton Trophy winner will hopefully get another look with the Sabres later in the regular season.

Craig Anderson Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson (Photo by Ben Green/NHLI via Getty Images)

Anderson’s presence in the youthful Sabres organization is invaluable, with 658 games of NHL experience played over the span of 21 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo. Just a few years ago in 2017, he led the Senators to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, an incredible feat for any goalie in the league. If he gets healthy in time, he can still add another chapter to his great career.

Tokarski and Caggiula Statuses Are Week-to-Week

Goaltender Tokarski (COVID-19 protocols) and forward Caggilua (upper-body injury) are sidelined week-to-week, per the Sabres’ injury report on Friday. Tokarski was placed in COVID-19 protocols on Thursday and is the only Buffalo player on the list. This season, he has been the Sabres’ go-to goaltender, posting a .903 SV% and 3.28 GAA in 14 games (13 starts).

Dustin Tokarski Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Caggiula, on the other hand, remains out due to an upper-body injury sustained late last month. The forward has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in 18 games this season, his second in Buffalo after being claimed off waivers from the Arizona Coyotes last year. His last game was a 7-4 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 22. The 27-year-old will look to slot back into the lineup when he finishes his recovery in the next few weeks.

Chicago Blackhawks Drake Caggiula
Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula (Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Evidently, the Sabres are going through some injury woes, but it looks like help is on the way in the coming weeks. There is a lot to look forward to, especially with Tuch’s upcoming Buffalo debut, as the season continues to roll on into the second quarter. The Sabres are still in the playoff race, just six points out of a wild card spot, so the roster will need to stay healthy and competitive to give itself a shot at returning to the postseason for the first time in over a decade.

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