Buffalo Sabres Lose Captain For Extended Period Of Time

Buffalo Sabres captain Kyle Okposo is currently out on a week-to-week basis due to a lower-body injury, a significant setback for both the player and the team.

This situation unfolded after Okposo was unexpectedly absent from a team practice, following an injury he sustained during a game against the Ottawa Senators.

Despite the injury, Okposo did not miss any shifts during the game​​.

Kyle Okposo, aged 35, has been a crucial player for the Sabres, serving as the team's captain in his second season and marking his eighth year with the team since signing a significant contract in 2016.

This season he has eight goals and six assists in 38 games, maintaining a steady pace similar to his previous season's performance.

Despite not being the high-scoring player he once was, Okposo's role in the team remains vital, especially given his experience and leadership qualities that are invaluable amidst a predominantly young squad​​.

Okposo's absence is another blow to the Sabres, a team already struggling with injuries and a disappointing record this season.

The team has dealt with the absences of key players like Jack Quinn, Tage Thompson, and Zemgus Girgensons, contributing to their current position in the Atlantic Division.

With a record of 15-19-4, the Sabres' playoff chances have significantly dwindled, a stark contrast to their near-playoff finish in the previous season​​.

In terms of immediate adjustments, the Sabres have options to replace Okposo in the lineup without needing to make additional recalls from AHL Rochester.

Players like Victor Olofsson or Eric Robinson are available to fill in the gap.

However, should they decide to place Okposo on injured reserve, this could lead to potential call-ups from their AHL affiliate, with players like Brandon Biro or Isak Rosen being likely candidates​​. Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports