As first reported by WGR550’s Paul Hamilton, Alexander Sulzer has had season ending ACL surgery to repair damage to his knee.
Sulzer ACL knee surgery. Out for the year
— Paul Hamilton (@pham1717) March 14, 2013
Sulzer was re-signed to a one year deal this past offseason, worth $725,000. This season in parts of 17 games, Sulzer had four points, including three goals which matched a career single season high he had in 2011-12 between Vancouver and Buffalo.
Sulzer was effectively an extra body on the blue line this season for the Sabres, and never really picked up that spark he had shown with Christian Ehrhoff at the end of last season. He had ups and downs when in the lineup this season, and was a healthy scratch as well some games.
This could mean that Sulzer has effectively played his last game in a Buffalo Sabres uniform with the likes of Brayden McNabb and Mark Pysyk waiting, the looming trade deadline and free agency this summer.
Sulzer was essentially the “throw in” in the trade that brought he and Cody Hodgson in from Vancouver for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani, who turned out to be moderately productive in his limited action with the Sabres.