Patrick Kaleta Sidelined 4-6 Weeks, Johan Larsson Looks to Get Permanent Place on Sabres Roster

According to Sabres head coach Ted Nolan, forward Patrick Kaleta will be out anywhere from 4-6 weeks due to minor surgery on a lower-body injury. There has been no indication on specifically what Kaleta has injured, but with this being his first season back after he tore his ACL last season with the Rochester Americans, this new injury could be a nagging symptom from what happened to him last year.

  Ted Nolan announced today that Patrick Kaleta will miss 4-6 weeks due to surgery on a lower-body injury. Playing for the Rochester Americans last season, Kaleta tore his ACL late in November and was out for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.  Image courtesy of Bill Wippert/Getty Images

 

Ted Nolan announced today that Patrick Kaleta will miss 4-6 weeks due to surgery on a lower-body injury. Playing for the Rochester Americans last season, Kaleta tore his ACL late in November and was out for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. 

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With Kaleta out for an extended period of time, this gives Ted Nolan a chance to audition some of the talent in Rochester.

Last night Johan Larsson got the call up Rochester to fill a spot on the Sabres fourth line playing left wing on a line centered by Matt Ellis, with Cody Hodgson on the right side. Out of all the lines last night, the fourth line seemed to generate the most chances in a first period that Ted Nolan labeled as “quite rusty.” Out of the 5 shots that the team had in the first, the fourth line unit was responsible for 2, an impressive feat considering the low amount of TOI (Hodgson 2:33, Larsson 2:45, Ellis 3:39).

Larsson’s low amount of ice time should not come as a surprise to Sabres fans. After being sent back down to Rochester in early January, Larsson lashed out against Nolan and his choice to play him on the fourth line. This really upset Nolan and he chose to share his feelings on Larsson’s actions.

“Yeah, I was upset,” Nolan said. “Players play. The tail can’t wag the dog.”

We will see what happens with Larsson’s ice time and opportunities come this Tuesday as the Sabres take on the New Jersey Devils. Last night was Larsson’s fourth game in five days with the call up landing on the conclusion of a busy week for the Rochester Americans so Nolan may have taken that situation into account when determining Larsson’s playing time.

Johan Larsson will look to make his stay in Buffalo a permanent one with Kaleta out of the lineup. In 41 games played with Rochester Americans this year, Larsson has 39 points (14 G, 23 A). Image courtesy of Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Johan Larsson will look to make his stay in Buffalo a permanent one with Kaleta out of the lineup. In 41 games played with Rochester Americans this year, Larsson has 39 points (14 G, 23 A).

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In 41 NHL appearances, Larsson has one goal and six points. He was Minnesota’s second round pick (56th overall) in the 2010 draft.