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.
With the Sabres being one of seven NHL teams that won't be part of the playoffs, Girgensons has played his last game of 2019-20 and will soon become an unrestricted free agent, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Girgensons, the No. 14 overall pick in 2012, has turned out to be a much better player in real life than fantasy, with a high of just 30 points back in his second NHL season. But he's a good penalty killer and has a much better all-around game than the average fourth liner, so his mollified stats could make him pretty affordable in the likely event the Sabres try to lure him back with a new contract.
Girgensons (lower body) will play Saturday against the Flyers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
The injury that kept Girgensons from practicing Friday isn't serious enough to leave him out of game action Saturday. He'll look to add to his season totals of 12 goals and 19 points against a hot Philadelphia team.
Girgensons (lower body) is considered questionable for Saturday's game against Philadelphia, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Girgensons wasn't able to practice Friday, which was the first sign that he might not be an option Saturday. If he's unable to go, Michael Frolik will likely draw into the lineup against the Flyers.
Girgensons scored a goal on his lone shot in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Colorado.
Girgensons re-directed a perfect centering pass from Kyle Okposo, tying the game at 1-1 late in the first period. Girgensons is now on his first three-game point streak of the season and has collected two goals and two assists in that span. However, he's generated just one shot on goal in each of those three contests and hasn't exceeded a single shot in any of his last eight. The 26-year-old has 12 goals on the year, three away from matching his career high set in 2014-15.
Girgensons registered a goal in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.
Girgensons opened the scoring for the Sabres just 14 seconds into the contest. He has 11 goals on the campaign, which is the most he's produced since he scored 15 back in 2014-15. At 16 points, he's two back of matching last year's total.
Girgensons scored an empty-net goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Stars.
The Latvian winger has three goals in his last four games and has now lit the lamp nine times. It's his most tallies since he scored 15 in 2014-15. Girgensons is at 13 points, 58 shots on goal and 75 hits through 48 appearances this season, putting him on pace to top 20 points for just the third time in his career.
Girgensons scored a short-handed goal Sunday and added two shots and two hits in a 5-1 win over Detroit.
Girgensons extended Buffalo's lead to 3-0 in the first period, finding the net for the second game in a row. It was his first short-handed goal since 2017-18 and his first specialty teams goal of 2019-20. Girgensons has eight goals and 12 points in 46 games this season. He hasn't eclipsed 20 points since his sophomore campaign of 2014-15 (30), but he has a chance to do so this season. However, he can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Girgensons lit the lamp in Saturday's loss to the Canucks.
It was Girgensons' seventh goal of the campaign, bringing him up to 11 points. He also threw three hits, bringing his total up to 72.
Girgensons scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 3-1 loss to Ottawa.
Girgensons provided Buffalo's lone goal late in the sixth period, re-directing a centering pass by Evan Rodrigues. It was the sixth goal of the year for Girgensons and it snapped a five-game point drought. The 25-year-old has already eclipsed the five goals he scored in 72 games last season but does not offer much fantasy upside.
Girgensons scored a goal on two shots and picked up an assist versus St. Louis on Tuesday.
It was the third multipoint game of the year for Girgensons, who has notched nine points in 32 games while averaging just 12:47 of ice time. The Latvian hasn't topped the 20-point mark since the 2014-15 campaign, when he registered a career-high 30, but he could reach that threshold this year.
Girgensons tallied a goal in Saturday's overtime loss to the Canucks.
The goal snapped a six-game point drought. That brings him up to four goals and seven points in 30 outings. Girgensons only brings value in the deepest of leagues, where his biggest attribute are the 42 hits he's dished out. It's nice to see him providing offense, but nights where he does are few and far between.
Girgensons scored two goals to help his team defeat the Panthers 5-2 on Sunday.
The two goals were Girgenson's second and third goals of the campaign and give him six points in 23 games this season. Prior to Sunday's two-goal performance, the fourth-line winger had gone 13 games without a point.
Girgensons has no points in his last 12 games.
While not a heavy point producer, anyone with Girgensons on their squad would like to see a little more offense. He has one goal and three assists through 21 games while receiving 13:08 ice time on average. A lock to remain in Buffalo's bottom six, don't depend on him for production.
Girgensons scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
The Latvian forward's first goal couldn't have come at a better time, breaking a 3-3 deadlock at 12:15 of the third period. Girgensons' goal stood as the game-winner. The 25-year-old has managed four points in nine games this year, but he's only seeing fourth-line minutes, which will limit his chances to produce.
Girgensons had two assists and two shots on goal in a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Friday.
Girgensons assisted on both Buffalo goals in regulation time, helping to set up Johan Larsson's first-period goal and Marco Scandella's second-period tally. Girgensons, 25, had five goals and 13 points in 72 games last season and hasn't topped 18 points since 2014-15, when he had 30.
Girgensons agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.6 million contract extension with the Sabres on Friday.
Girgensons will return to Buffalo hoping to improve on his 18-point campaign from a year ago, with his best season to date coming back in 2014-15 when the now 25-year-old recorded 15 goals and 15 assists in 61 games. Likely to assume a bottom-six role in 2019-20, Girgensons' fantasy value will be limited to deeper leagues.
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