• Girgensons' Role On Sabres To Be Determined

    News: Despite spending most of the previous season as the Sabres' No. 1 center, where and how Zemgus Girgensons will be used this season is still unclear, reports the Olean Times Herald.
    Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons suffered a season-ending ankle injury in April, and though he's expected to be 100 percent healthy to begin training camp, will have to battle Johan Larsson as the pivot on the second line. Larsson has a little more offensive upside, but Girgensons was one of the team's best players and plays a very good two-way game. Both players can also play on the wing, though Larsson is may be more comfortable doing so. With Ryan O'Reilly, Jack Eichel and David Legwand locking up the other three center spots, the battle for the final spot is pretty wide open. Until the Sabres decide what to do with either player, both remain off the fantasy radar, though Girgensons does have the better and lengthier track record.
  • Sabres' Girgensons Unlikely To Return This Season

    News: Zemgus Girgensons (ankle) isn't likely to return to game action over the Sabres' final six games of the season, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Things have been trending in this direction for a while, as there's simply no incentive for the Sabres to rush Zemgus Girgensons back into active duty from a serious ankle injury while the team remains at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. With close to a full offseason to recover from the injury in a timely fashion, Girgensons should be back to full health well in advance of training camp.
  • Sabres Not Optimistic Girgensons Will Return

    News: Coach Ted Nolan wasn't optimistic when asked Thursday about Zemgus Girgensons' (ankle) chances of returning this season. "With that type of injury, you're hoping to see him, but realistically, I'm not too sure if we will," Nolan said. "It depends on the length of the injury, how [many] games we have left. If we have two, will you risk his rustiness getting hurt again?"
    Analysis: With the Sabres in full-blown tank mode, there's little incentive to bring Zemgus Girgensons back from injured reserve even if he's closing in on full health in the final weeks of the season. As such, it makes sense that the team would take it slow with his rehab to avoid the risk of potentially aggravating the injury heading into the summer. The Sabres' lone All-Star representative, Girgensons showed some encouraging production despite the dearth of talent surrounding him, compiling 15 goals and 30 points over 61 games. Assuming that he indeed ends up being shut down for the season, Girgensons should still return in 2015-16 with a top-six role in hand.
  • Sabres Move Girgensons To IR

    News: Zemgus Girgensons (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
    Analysis: By moving Zemgus Girgensons to IR, the Sabres were open up a roster spot for one of their two forward call-ups, Zac Dalpe and Philip Varone. Girgensons is expected to be sidelined from multiple weeks with the injury, but is projected to return before the end of the season.
  • Sabres' Girgensons Should Play Again This Season

    News: Coach Ted Nolan relayed Thursday that Zemgus Girgensons (foot/ankle) should return to action by the end of the season.
    Analysis: While the report suggests that Zemgus Girgensons' injury is not a minor one, it's evidently not as bad as had been feared, thus opening the door for a possible return at some point before the season concludes. At this stage though, no estimated timetable for Girgensons' return has been offered by the Sabres, so he could still be out for multiple weeks. Phil Varone and Zac Dalpe were called up from the AHL, while Brian Flynn has taken Girgensons' spot on the team's top line.
  • Sabres May Lose Girgensons For Remainder of Season

    News: Zemgus Girgensons, who left Tuesday's game against Columbus after taking a shot to his right ankle, may be out for the season, the the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons left Tuesday's game after blocking a shot by James Wisniewski, and although the official diagnosis has yet to be done, head coach Ted Nolan said that he's concerned and will be crossing his fingers because it "doesn't look very good." If Girgensons ends up being out for the year, expect a call-up from Rochester, perhaps center Mikhail Grigorenko or Phil Varone.
  • Sabres' Girgensons Scores, Leaves Game Early

    News: Zemgus Girgensons' goal in the first period was his 15th goal of the season but did not finish the Sabres' 4-2 win over Columbus Tuesday after blocking a shot.
    Analysis: With a goal and an assist against Columbus, it gives the Latvian all-star 30 points on the season. His 15th goal was also his third shorthanded goal, which moves him into a tie for second place in the league behind Rick Nash and Tyler Toffoli who have four apiece. Unfortunately, Zemgus Girgensons took a shot from the hard-shooting James Wisniewski and left the game and did not return. The official prognosis has not been made, but it's believed to be a long-term injury.
  • Sabres' Girgensons Suffers Lower-Body Injury

    News: Zemgus Girgensons was removed from Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets after appearing to suffer a foot injury upon blocking a shot, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
    Analysis: Zemgus Girgensons wasn't able to put much pressure on his right skate after leaving the ice and was wheeled into the Sabres' locker room. The team didn't provide an update on his condition beyond ruling him out of the game, so he'll retain a day-to-day label for the time being. Prior to his exit, he provided a shorthanded goal and assisted on Chris Stewart's power-play tally.
  • Sabres' Girgensons Able To Return

    News: Zemgus Girgensons was able to return to Friday's game against the Rangers.
    Analysis: After going to the locker room to be checked out by Buffalo's training staff, Girgenson was able to return to Friday's contest against the Rangers. Girgenson has tallied 27 points through 58 games with the Sabres this season.
  • Sabres' Girgensons Exits With Injury

    News: Zemgus Girgensons left Friday's game against the Rangers with an injury, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: It appeared as though Zemgus Girgensons suffered the injury after being hit awkwardly into the boards by Dan Girardi. The severity of the injury, and whether or not Girgensons will be able to return to Friday's contest is unclear at this point in time. The team should update his status in the coming days.