Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said he is “very concerned” about the lower-body injury defenseman Jake McCabe suffered in Saturday afternoon’s 3-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils.
While Krueger couldn’t offer a recovery time – “We don’t have a final diagnosis yet,” he said – his words painted a grim picture for McCabe, who recently recovered after testing positive for COVID-19.
McCabe, 27, left the game with 11:03 remaining after his right leg buckled when he tried to hit Nico Hischier in the corner. The American clutched his knee before being helped off the ice.
“It it rips my heart out to see what Jake has gone through, coming off of the COVID, battle with having had symptoms during that,” Krueger said on a Zoom call. “Now in question for the future. There’s a big, big ache in my heart which the win certainly can’t neutralize.”
McCabe, an alternate captain, has compiled one goal and three points in 13 games this season.