On Monday, Gorges took to Twitter and Instagram to officially announce his retirement from hockey.
Gorges, 34, will hang up the skates after suiting up in 783 NHL games. His last NHL action came a season ago, as a member of the Sabres, with the stay-at-home defenseman recording a pair of assists in 34 games. Not known for his offensive contributions on the ice, the feisty blueliner posted 124 points while playing for three different teams over a 13-year career. He does not have plans to play overseas and calls Monday's decision " his retirement from the game of hockey."
Gorges pitched in two points in 34 games throughout 2017-18, while averaging 14:56 of ice time and securing 69 hits.
During the beginning of the season Gorges battled a lower-body injury which kept him sidelined for nine games, but even when he returned, he was in rotation between the press box and lineup throughout much of the year. The British Columbia native's 14:56 of playing time was the lowest of his career as well, and it seems that his days of going 20 or more minutes a night are fading. The two tallies were also a career low, but the limited played games and minutes were certainly factors. Gorges is set to be an unrestricted free agent, although he might need to take a pay cut from the $3.9 million he was payed this season if he wants to return.
Gorges will play against the Habs on Friday.
Gorges returns to the lineup to face his former team after sitting out the past four games as a healthy scratch. The veteran defender has played just 30 games this season, and his plodding, stay-at-home style of play just isn't effective anymore in a league that's gotten faster and faster. Gorges will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's highly unlikely he'll be re-signed. He can still be an effective shot blocker but is unlikely to contribute to any other fantasy categories.
Gorges (illness) wasn't listed on the Sabres' injury report Friday.
Gorges will have to wait until Tuesday's game against the Devils for a chance to suit up, but he's been a healthy scratch a few times this season so it won't be a surprise if he remains out of the lineup. His value for the Sabres recently went up with the news of Zach Bogosian's season-ending hip injury, though, so Gorges could slot into more lineups after the break.
Gorges (illness) will miss a third straight game Thursday against Vancouver.
Gorges resumed skating Thursday, but he's evidently still not feeling well enough to return to game action. Either way, fantasy owners shouldn't need to keep tabs on the veteran blueliner's status, as his lack of offensive production -- two assists in 22 games this campaign -- keeps him from being a viable option in season-long and daily formats.
Gorges will miss Monday's game against the Flames with an illness.
Gorges only has two assist in 22 games, so the Sabres, and fantasy owners, likely won't miss him. That's especially true since Nathan Beaulieu is returning to action Monday. It's effectively a straight swap.
Gorges skated as the seventh defenseman Thursday.
Gorges played 15:15 at the Winter Classic and registered two hits and a blocked shot after sitting out the previous two games. It looks like he'll be the odd-man out again Thursday against Minnesota, with Justin Falk drawing into the lineup instead. Gorges' lack of speed is hurting his ability to keep up and be effective, and at this point of his career he is nothing more than a third-pairing defenseman.
Gorges will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Penguins.
Gorges reportedly will replace Victor Antipin, as coach Phil Housley looks to bring a more physical defender in against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Still, there's nothing to look at here from a fantasy perspective, as Gorges has been held without a point through 11 games.
Gorges will be in the lineup versus the Canadiens on Saturday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
It's been a long time coming for Gorges due to a lower-body injury that shelved him for nine straight contests. He'll reportedly sub in for Victor Antipin in the upcoming game, adding a physical, shot-blocking presence in front of backup Chad Johnson.
Gorges (lower body) has been cleared to play, but he won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Panthers.
Gorges was a healthy scratch for the Sabres' first three games of the campaign, so it's not exactly surprising to see head coach Phil Housley rolling with alternative options at defense Friday. The 33-year-old blueliner's next opportunity to return to the lineup will come Saturday against Montreal.
Gorges (lower body) took part in Thursday's practice.
Gorges also practiced on Tuesday, and after missing the past eight games, seems set to return Friday against Florida. The veteran defender sat out the first three games of the season as a healthy scratch before drawing into the lineup and impressed the coaching staff during a four-game stretch before getting hurt. Injuries are not new to Gorges, who's only played a full 82-game schedule just once in his career, but his presence should help stabilize a young defensive corps that's been ravaged by injury. His very limited offense leaves him with very little fantasy value except for leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
Gorges (lower body) took part in morning skate and could be ready for Friday's game against the Panthers, but has effectively been ruled out for Tuesday's contest against the Capitals, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Gorges will thus miss his eighth game in a row as a result of the ailment, but he appears close to a return. The Sabres could really use his help too, as the team is currently down five defenseman and has been struggling lately.
Gorges (lower body) is close to returning, according to coach Phil Housley.
Gorges has been on injured reserve due to his injury, but it seems like he will be back on the ice sooner rather than later. The soonest he could return is Tuesday against the Capitals.
Gorges (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
A no-frills blueliner with a limited offensive skill set, Gorges will be eligible to return next Wednesday versus host Columbus. His placement on IR has allowed the Sabres to recall Zach Redmond from AHL Rochester.
Gorges (lower body) won't play Friday against the Canucks.
Gorges' absence won't impact many fantasy lineups, as the veteran blueliner only totaled six points in 66 games last season, and he lacks the offensive upside necessary to be a viable option in most season-long formats. He'll hope to return to action Saturday against the Bruins.
Gorges (undisclosed) missed morning skate Friday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Having missed the a.m. skate for two consecutive days, Gorges' availability for Friday's home tilt against the Canucks appears muddy at best. However, we still recommend waiting for an official determination from the Sabres. The B.C. native is primarily an own-zone contributor who's collected nine blocked shots through four games.
Gorges did not skate Thursday morning and he's considered day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment.
Gorges didn't miss a shift against Vegas, so it's unclear what's ailing the veteran defenseman. After sitting out the first three games as a healthy scratch, Gorges has clawed his way back into the lineup and despite his poor mobility has found a niche as a third-pairing defenseman who can still be effective on the penalty kill. He is questionable for Friday's game against Vancouver and Victor Antipin will likely draw into the lineup if Gorges misses time.
Gorges played 15:06 and blocked five shots in his first appearance this season Thursday against San Jose.
Gorges sat out the first three games of the season as a healthy scratch before head coach Phil Housley was forced to make lineup changes in an effort to jump-start a Sabres squad still in search of its first win. Housley's emphasis on speed relegated Gorges to the press box, but Gorges showed he can still contribute, and tied Jake McCabe with the most ice time on the penalty kill. At 33 years old, and with a very limited skill set, Gorges is a good soldier but nothing more than a third-pairing defenseman at best. He might have to fight all season long to draw into the lineup. Gorges has little to no fantasy value at the moment.
Gorges was not among the players protected by the Sabres for the expansion draft.
Veteran teammate Zach Bogosian was also left unprotected, which may be a signal that new general manager Jason Botterill is looking to revamp a defense that ranked among the league's worst this past season. Gorges was eligible for the expansion draft because he has a modified no-trade clause rather than a no-movement clause, and has one year left on his contract worth $3.9 million. In three seasons with Buffalo, Gorges has appeared in 189 games, but like Bogosian hasn't been able to stay healthy and has seen his role slowly diminish. Bogosian may be the more enticing pick for Vegas because of his younger age and versatility, but Gorges' contract is much easier to stomach. If Gorges returns to Buffalo, he'll likely stay in a supporting role to Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and Nathan Beaulieu, while remaining a staple on the penalty kill. If Gorges isn't selected by Vegas, he could still be dealt in a separate deal.
Gorges recorded an assist, one shot on goal and two hits over 22:10 of ice time in Wednesday's win over Montreal.
Gorges' helper ended a nine-game point drought that dated back to March 16. He now has five assists and one goal on the year. This season has seen Gorges average just 18:28 of ice time -- down a full two minutes from last year's 20:28. In fact, the 32-year-old has seen a decrease in ice time in each of the past two seasons. That can likely be attributed to a combination of Gorges' age and limited offensive ability, not to mention the Sabres' glut of young defensemen.
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