Sabres' Chad Johnson could be done for year
New York Islanders goalie Chad Johnson (30) guards the net on a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Islanders won 5-4 in a shootout. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Goaltender Chad Johnson could be out for the rest of the season, putting to rest any notion that he would indirectly help the Buffalo Sabres tank.
Johnson, acquired from the New York Islanders at the NHL trade deadline Monday, hurt himself in the morning skate Friday and didn't dress for the game against the Ottawa Senators. The 28-year-old has yet to play for the Sabres and it sounds like his debut in blue and gold will need to wait until next season.
"Chad, unfortunately, hurt something lower body and he'll be out for a while," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said in the Buffalo News. "Not day-to-day, it'll be for a while. We'll get our doctors to look at him, and we'll see what happens."
Nolan added that the injury "could be" season-ending.
Johnson, who was 8-8-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 19 games with the Islanders this season,
bristled at the notion he would help the Sabres finish lower in the standings. The topic was discussed by TSN commentators while Johnson was waiting to be interviewed by phone on Monday.
"Everyone has their own opinion," he told the Buffalo News earlier this week. "I'm coming in here to compete and play hard and win hockey games. I guess you don't know what other people's intentions are. Everybody is going to try to write an article, make news I guess."
The Sabres called up Andrey Makarov to back up Anders Lindback against Ottawa. He was sent back to Rochester Saturday, along with forward Mikhail Grigorenko, and goalie Matt Hackett was called up to take the roster spot.
With the Amerks this season, Hackett has posted a 7-4-1 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and .907 save percentage