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).

Patrick Bajkov - Thumb
Cozens is recovering from thumb surgery and is expected to miss two to three months of action.
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-07-15 12:11:28
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-07-15 12:11:28
Patrick Bajkov - Thumb
Cozens is recovering from thumb surgery and is expected to miss two to three months of action.
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-07-06 08:22:54
out - Early Oct
Updated 2019-07-06 08:22:54
Zach Bogosian - Hip
Bogosian is recovering from offseason hip surgery and is not expected to be ready until at least the end of October.
out - Late Oct
Updated 2019-06-13 15:17:30
out - Late Oct
Updated 2019-06-13 15:17:30
Vladimir Sobotka - Upper Body
Sobotka has been absent from the lineup during the previous three games with an upper-body injury and will not play in the regular-season finale on Saturday against the Red Wings.
out - Out Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 09:05:11
out - Out Sat
Updated 2019-04-06 09:05:11
Alexander Nylander - Leg
Nylander was held out of the last game with a leg laceration and it is uncertain if he will participate in Saturday's matchup versus the Red Wings.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-04 16:14:35
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-04-04 16:14:35
Zach Bogosian - Lower Body
Bogosian has been idle due to a lower-body injury and there is no telling when he will return to the lineup.
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-04-02 16:13:35
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-04-02 16:13:35
Rasmus Ristolainen - Illness
Ristolainen missed his fourth-straight game with an illness but it is expected he will dress for Tuesday's matchup against the Predators.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-04-02 10:59:14
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-04-02 10:59:14
Marco Scandella - Lower Body
Scandella is sidelined with a lower-body injury and will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
out - out for season
Updated 2019-04-02 09:14:11
out - out for season
Updated 2019-04-02 09:14:11
Matt Hunwick - Upper Body
Hunwick is sidelined with an upper-body injury and there is no timetable for recovery.
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-03-31 15:20:47
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-03-31 15:20:47
Jake McCabe - Upper Body
McCabe is sidelined with an injury to his upper body but is expected to return to action against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-31 13:05:12
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-31 13:05:12
Evan Rodrigues - Upper Body
Rodrigues has been absent from the lineup during the last three games due to an upper-body injury but is likely to face the Blue Jackets on Sunday.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-31 13:04:33
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-31 13:04:33
Marco Scandella - Upper Body
Scandella missed the previous game with an upper-body injury but is expected to play against the Blues on Sunday.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-17 12:05:40
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-03-17 12:05:40
Zach Bogosian - Upper Body
Bogosian sat out the last game due to an upper-body injury but will return to face the Hurricanes on Saturday.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-03-16 14:28:25
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-03-16 14:28:25
Jack Eichel - Suspension
Eichel has been issued a two-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of an opponent but is expected to be reinstated in time for Saturday's contest against the Hurricanes.
out - Elig Sat
Updated 2019-03-10 16:05:15
out - Elig Sat
Updated 2019-03-10 16:05:15
Vladimir Sobotka - Upper Body
Sobotka has missed the previous three games due to an upper-body injury but it is likely he will return Thursday against the Blackhawks.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-03-07 11:07:19
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-03-07 11:07:19
Zach Bogosian - Lower Body
Bogosian sat out the last game due to a lower-body injury but it is expected he will be a participant in Thursday's matchup against the Blackhawks.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-03-07 11:06:12
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-03-07 11:06:12
Marco Scandella - Lower Body
Scandella missed the previous game with a lower-body injury but is expected be in the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Maple Leafs.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-03-02 14:33:34
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-03-02 14:33:34
Carter Hutton - Lower Body
Hutton is suffering from a lower-body injury but it is expected he will lace up against the Penguins on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-03-01 11:19:43
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-03-01 11:19:43
Brandon Montour - Acquired
Montour is expected to make his team debut Tuesday against the Flyers after being recently acquired in a trade.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-26 14:49:07
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-26 14:49:07
Casey Mittelstadt - Illness
Middelstadt missed his second-straight game with an illness but it is expected that the symptoms will subside in time for Tuesday's tilt with the Flyers.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-26 14:48:54
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-26 14:48:54
Marco Scandella - Upper Body
Scandella is on the injured reserve list due to an upper-body ailment but is expected to return to action against the Maple Leafs on Monday.
I-R - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-25 15:56:55
I-R - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-25 15:56:55
Kyle Okposo - Concussion
Okposo has been placed on the injured reserve list with a concussion but is expected to be activated in time for Monday's game against the Maple Leafs.
I-R - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-25 10:58:01
I-R - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-25 10:58:01
Jeff Skinner - Leg
Skinner exited the previous game with a leg injury but is expected to be available for Monday's contest against the Maple Leafs.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-24 09:49:07
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-02-24 09:49:07
Casey Nelson - Upper Body
Nelson has been activated from the injured reserve list after recuperating from an upper-body injury but will not be available for Thursday's game against the Lightning.
out - Out Thurs
Updated 2019-02-21 16:21:57
out - Out Thurs
Updated 2019-02-21 16:21:57
Matt Hunwick - Upper Body
Hunwick was held out of the last game with an upper-body ailment but is likely to take part in Thursday's tilt versus the Lightning.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-02-21 16:21:08
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-02-21 16:21:08
Linus Ullmark - Undisclosed
Ullmark sustained an unspecified injury and it is unknown if he will be available against the Lightning on Thursday.
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-02-21 15:59:48
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-02-21 15:59:48
Rasmus Ristolainen - Undisclosed
Ristolainen is battling an unspecified injury but it is not expected to affect his status for Tuesday's contest against the Panthers.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-19 15:58:00
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-19 15:58:00
Zach Bogosian - Lower Body
Bogosian has a lower-body injury but it is anticipated that he will suit up Tuesday against the Panthers.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-19 15:57:30
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-02-19 15:57:30
Casey Mittelstadt - Lower Body
Mittelstadt has missed the last two games due to a lower-body injury but is likely to be in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Devils.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-02-17 14:54:41
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2019-02-17 14:54:41
Zach Bogosian - Lower Body
Bogosian has been held out of the previous two games due to a lower-body injury but it is likely he will suit up against the Rangers on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-02-15 09:42:03
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-02-15 09:42:03
Matt Hunwick - Lower Body
Hunwick has sat out the past three games with a lower-body injury and it is undetermined if he will play against the Jets on Sunday.
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2019-02-09 10:07:37
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2019-02-09 10:07:37
Johan Larsson - Upper Body
Larsson missed the last game nursing an upper body injury but it is likely he will hit the ice Thursday against the Hurricanes.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-02-07 10:59:32
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-02-07 10:59:32
Carter Hutton - Illness
Hutton is battling an illness and his availability for Tuesday's matchup against the Wild is unclear.
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-02-02 11:51:05
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-02-02 11:51:05
Matt Hunwick - Undisclosed
Hunwick is battling an unspecified injury and it is unclear if he will play against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-01-29 05:39:29
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-01-29 05:39:29
Matt Hunwick - Undisclosed
Hunwick has an unspecified injury and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-01-28 12:34:30
questionable - Ques Tues
Updated 2019-01-28 12:34:30
Jeff Skinner - Undisclosed
Skinner is dealing with an undefined injury but it is expected he will play against the Canucks on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-01-18 12:23:02
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-01-18 12:23:02
Jack Eichel - Upper Body
Eichel has landed on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury but it is likely he will be activated in time for Friday's game against the Hurricanes.
I-R - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-01-11 11:27:46
I-R - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-01-11 11:27:46
Zemgus Girgensons - Upper Body
Girgensons has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from an upper-body injury and is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Devils.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 15:47:22
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 15:47:22
Sam Reinhart - Illness
Reinhart is ailing from an illness but it is expected that the symptoms will subside in time for Tuesday's clash with the Devils.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 15:35:54
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 15:35:54
Jack Eichel - Upper Body
Eichel left the previous game due to an upper-body injury and his status for Thursday's clash against the Panthers is in doubt.
doubtful - Doub Thurs
Updated 2019-01-02 14:24:11
doubtful - Doub Thurs
Updated 2019-01-02 14:24:11
Jack Eichel - Undisclosed
Eichel is dealing with an unspecified injury but is projected to play Monday against the Islanders.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-12-31 14:41:46
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-12-31 14:41:46
Linus Ullmark - Illness
Ullmark is battling an illness that kept him out of the last game. He is likely to be available Monday against the Islanders.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-12-30 12:35:05
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2018-12-30 12:35:05
Jason Pominville - Upper Body
Pominville has landed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury but it is likely he will return against the Bruins on Saturday.
I-R - Prob Sat
Updated 2018-12-29 11:48:17
I-R - Prob Sat
Updated 2018-12-29 11:48:17
Nathan Beaulieu - Upper Body
Beaulieu has sat out the past five games with an upper-body injury and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against the Bruins.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2018-12-27 17:47:56
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2018-12-27 17:47:56
Jake McCabe - Upper Body
McCabe has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from an upper-body injury. He will likely return to the lineup for Friday's contest against the Capitals.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-12-21 15:11:00
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-12-21 15:11:00
- Lower Body
Pilut has been activated from the injured reserve after recovering from a lower body ailment. He is expected to lace up for Friday's contest against the Capitals.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-12-21 15:09:58
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2018-12-21 15:09:58
Scott Wilson - Lower Body
Wilson has been placed on injured reserve while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured ankle and is expected to be held out of action until at least the middle of January.
I-R - Mid Jan
Updated 2018-12-20 11:32:49
I-R - Mid Jan
Updated 2018-12-20 11:32:49
Matt Hunwick - Neck
Hunwick has recovered from a neck injury and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Bruins.
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2018-12-16 12:31:03
probable - Prob Sun
Updated 2018-12-16 12:31:03
Marco Scandella - Illness
Scandella is recovering from a case of vertigo leaving his status for Sunday's game against the Bruins unclear.
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2018-12-16 09:16:46
questionable - Ques Sun
Updated 2018-12-16 09:16:46
Marco Scandella - Head
Scandella has been activated from the injured reserve for vertigo-like symptoms and is expected to be available for Saturday's matchup against the Capitals.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2018-12-15 14:21:05
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2018-12-15 14:21:05

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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