Girgensons (hamstring) skated with some of his teammates Monday and will be ready for the Sabres' upcoming training camp, WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Girgensons missed the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury during January's training camp, but he should be back to 100 percent well before Buffalo's regular-season opener Oct. 14 versus Montreal. Girgensons picked up 12 goals and 19 points through 69 games in 2019-20 and should be a regular in the Sabres' bottom six this season.
Girgensons underwent surgery to repair a hamstring injury Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. With an expected recovery timetable of six months, Girgensons will almost certainly miss the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign, even if the Sabres make a deep playoff run. His lengthy absence will likely go unnoticed by most virtual managers, as he only picked up 12 goals and 19 points in 69 games last season, but it won't go unnoticed by Buffalo's fans, as Girgensons is one of the team's best defensive forwards and penalty killers. Tobias Rieder, Rasmus Asplund and Riley Sheahan are the leading candidates to fill in for Girgensons, who will undoubtedly be placed on long-term injured reserve, during the upcoming campaign.
Coach Ralph Krueger described Girgensons' (lower body) injury as "very questionable" after practice Monday, adding that the forward is still being evaluated, Lance Lysowksi of The Buffalo News reports. The coach didn't sound optimistic regarding Girgensons' injury, though it's too early to tell what the extent of his absence will be. Girgensons could be in danger of missing the start of the season, though a more detailed diagnosis from the team will likely surface in the coming days.
Girgensons (undisclosed) had to be carried to the trainers' room Monday after falling awkwardly on an attempted hit in practice, John Vogl of The Athletic reports. Girgensons tried to line up Steven Fogarty for a hit and went down awkwardly after whiffing on the hit attempt. The nature of the injury hasn't been revealed at this time, but it appeared to be to the lower body based on a video shared by Vogl.
Girgensons agreed to terms on a three-year, $6.8 million contract with the Sabres on Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. The 26-year-old has spent his entire career in Buffalo since he was drafted 14th overall by the club in 2012. Last season in more of a bottom-six role, Girgensons supplied just 12 goals and 19 points across 69 games. Staying in familiar territory, expect Girgensons to assume his usual energy role as a penalty killer in the bottom six heading into next season.
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