Buffalo Sabres injuries

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When a player is injured, his team can either retain him on their active roster, counting towards the 23-man active roster limit, or place him on the Injured Reserve List (IR).

NHL Injuries
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Expected Return Tue Apr 13, 2021
Curtis Lazar - IR - Lower Body
Sun Apr 11, 2021
Curtis Lazar | The Sabres traded Lazar (lower body) and Taylor Hall to the Bruins in exchange for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick Sunday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

Thu Apr 1, 2021
Curtis Lazar | Lazar is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Wed Mar 31, 2021
Curtis Lazar | Lazar (undisclosed) suffered an injury and did not return to Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Flyers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Expected Return Tue Apr 13, 2021
Carter Hutton - OUT - Lower Body
Mon Mar 29, 2021
Carter Hutton | Head coach Don Granato said Monday that Hutton (lower body) is considered week-to-week, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Tue Mar 23, 2021
Carter Hutton | Hutton has returned to Buffalo to undergo further evaluation of his lower-body injury, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Mon Mar 22, 2021
Carter Hutton | Hutton will defend the road net in Monday's game versus the Rangers, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Mon Mar 22, 2021
Carter Hutton | Hutton left Monday's game against the Rangers with an apparent lower-body injury.
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Expected Return Tue Apr 13, 2021
Jack Eichel - IR - Neck
Not Specified
Wed Mar 17, 2021
Jack Eichel | General manager Kevyn Adams is hopeful Eichel (neck) will be able to return this season, (NHL).com's Nick Cotsonika reports.

Sat Mar 13, 2021
Jack Eichel | According to coach Ralph Krueger, Eichel (neck) will be out for the "foreseeable future."
Thu Mar 11, 2021
Jack Eichel | Eichel is currently undergoing further evaluation for a neck-related injury, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Tue Mar 9, 2021
Jack Eichel | Eichel (upper body) returned to Buffalo and will miss at least one week, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Tue Mar 9, 2021
Jack Eichel | Eichel (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Flyers.
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Expected Return Wed Sep 1, 2021
Jake McCabe - IR - Knee
Surgery
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Expected Return Tue Jul 6, 2021
Zemgus Girgensons - IR - Hamstring
Surgery
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Expected Return Sat Apr 17, 2021
William Borgen - IR - Forearm
Surgery
Sat Apr 10, 2021
Will Borgen | Borgen (forearm) could return as early as April 17 against the Penguins, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Mon Apr 5, 2021
Will Borgen | Borgen (forearm) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Devils, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Injured Reserve List (IR)

If a team opts to put their player on the Injured Reserve List, the following requirements must to be met:

  • First, a team may place a player on the Injured Reserve List if the said player has been injured, incapacitated, or ill and will not be able to perform his duties as a hockey player after having passed the team’s preliminary physical examination for that season.
  • Second, a player with an injury that prevents him from playing for at least seven days from the date the injury was incurred can be placed on the team’s Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the IR list, the team may replace said player on its NHL roster with a player from the minors.
  • Third, a player who has been placed on the Injured Reserve List will not be eligible to compete in NHL games for a period of no less than seven days.

Players on the Injured Reserve List may attend team meetings and meals, travel with the team, and join their practice sessions.

Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR)

If a player has an injury that will prevent him from playing for at least 10 NHL games and 24 days in the NHL season, the team may place him on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), which can be used to exceed the salary cap.

Once a player is put on LTIR, the player’s cap hit stays on the team’s cap payroll. The club will not be given additional cap-space savings to be saved for use in the future. However, LTIR offers relief in case the club's averaged salary, or payroll, starts to go over the upper limit. How much relief the club will get is computed based on the date the player is put on LTIR.

Three equations can be used to decide how much LTIR relief will be given. The first, or basic equation, is used during the season and the off-season, while the second is the training-camp equation, which is used on the last day of the off-season in order to prepare for the first day of the following season. The third equation is used if the player is already on LTIR.

Once a player is cleared to play again, the team activates the player.

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