BUFFALO – Agitating winger Patrick Kaleta, who’s trying to develop a calmer style in the minors following a series of NHL suspensions, suffered a “serious injury” to his right knee or ankle Friday, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Update: Kaleta has a torn ACL and is done for the season, according to the Buffalo News.
“It didn’t look good,” Rochester coach Chadd Cassidy told the paper following the Americans’ 5-3 win over Lake Erie.
Kaleta barreled into the net on a partial breakaway and went up and over the goalie in the third period, the paper reported.
“The back of his right leg – right near his ankle or top of the skate – slammed hard into the crossbar as he somersaulted over (Calvin) Pickard and then fell to the ice,” Kevin Oklobzija wrote. “He essentially ended up in the net.”
Kaleta couldn’t put weight on the leg and needed help to the bench.
The Sabres sent the 27-year-old to Rochester earlier this month, his first AHL assignment since 2007-08.