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Buffalo Sabres Player Season Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

The longest tenured Buffalo Sabre by far, this season marked Zemgus Girgensons’ eighth in a Buffalo uniform. He was a first-round selection by the Sabres in 2012, and has managed to carve out a bottom-six role with the team because of his defensive play, penalty killing and ability to chip in occasionally offensively. This season Girgensons was asked to provide something a little different, as he and Kyle Okposo were tasked with being the leaders for the team. Girgensons’ point production will never be his greatest asset, but his presence in the locker room and strong defensive capabilities were on full display from him this season.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Two-goal night not enough

Girgensons scored both of Buffalo's goals in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Jets. Girgensons gave the Sabres one-goal leads in the first and second periods, but neither lead would last. With 10 goals in 42 appearances this season, the Latvian winger has reached double digits for the third time in his eight-year career.

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons close to returning; Mark Jankowski waived

BUFFALO – The uncertainty Sabres winger Zemgus Girgensons experienced after he left the lineup in late January wore on him. The Latvian’s lower-body injury was related to the hamstring problem that forced him to miss all of last season. “It was definitely mentally tough at the start where...
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Remains out Thursday

Girgensons (undisclosed) will not return until next Thursday's game against Edmonton at the earliest, John Vogl of The Athletic reports Thursday. Girgensons will miss the next two games at a minimum. Coach Don Granato stated he doesn't want the 28-year-old returning to an unconventional ice surface for Sunday's outdoor game against Toronto. Girgensons has tallied 12 points over 34 contests this season.
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Sabres facing roster crunch with Zemgus Girgensons, Colin Miller close

The goal was like many Jack Quinn scored before the lower-body injury that kept him out for six weeks. Quinn, 20, carried the puck from the Rochester Americans’ end of the ice all the way to the slot in front of the Belleville Senators’ net Saturday afternoon and snapped a quick wrist shot over the glove of goalie Kevin Mandolese for the Amerks’ second goal of the game.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Might be available Thursday

Girgensons (undisclosed) could be an option to face the Golden Knights on Thursday. Coach Don Granto told reporters Wednesday, "There's a lot of guys really close, as close as tomorrow's lineup. If not tomorrow, then pretty darn close," John Vogl of The Athletic reports. Girgensons has played in just one...
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Sabres Notebook: Zemgus Girgensons nearing return after extended absence

Zemgus Girgensons cleared another benchmark in his recovery from an undisclosed injury when he participated in the Buffalo Sabres’ optional morning skate Friday in KeyBank Center. Girgensons’ return isn’t imminent, though. Coach Don Granato told reporters before the game against the Minnesota Wild that Girgensons won’t be an option...

Zemgus Girgensons skates with Sabres, nearing return from injury

BUFFALO – Among all the blue and white on the ice for the Sabres’ optional skate this morning, one jersey, the gold non-contact one worn by winger Zemgus Girgensons, stood out. For the first time since Jan. 25, Girgensons, 28, skated with his teammates. A lower-body injury has...
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Injury status week-to-week

Girgensons (undisclosed) is now listed as week-to-week. Girgensons has missed 11 of the last 15 games with multiple injuries, though it's unclear if they're related to one another. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old will miss at least one more game (Thursday vs. Columbus) and set his sights on returning next week, when the Sabres play five times in eight days.

Sabres Place Zemgus Girgensons On IR; Activate Dahlin, Olofsson From Protocol

The Buffalo Sabres activated defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and forward Victor Olofsson from COVID protocol ahead of tonight’s game against Colorado after erroneous COVID tests held them out of their last game on Saturday. The team also placed center Zemgus Girgensons on injured reserve retroactive to January 28th with an undisclosed injury.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Out through All-Star break

Girgensons will be out until after the All-Star break as he recovers from an undisclosed injury, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports. It's unclear whether this is a new injury or the same upper-body issue which kept Girgensons out of five games this month. The forward has managed seven goals and five assists through 34 games this season.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Playing against Sens

Girgensons (upper body), as expected, will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's clash with Ottawa, John Vogl of The Athletic reports. Girgensons hasn't reached the 20-point mark since the 2014-15 campaign but with 12 points in 33 games to start the year finds himself on pace to get back over that threshold this season. Still, the Latvian shouldn't be expected to push for more than a bottom-six role, which will limit him to a low-range fantasy target.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Expected to play Tuesday

Girgensons (upper body) is expected to return to play Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports Friday. Girgensons has been absent from the last four games while recovering from an upper-body injury. The only other games he has missed this season were the three from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 while he was in the COVID-19 protocols. The 28-year-old has averaged 14:30 of ice time -- 1:28 during the power play -- and recorded three goals over his last 10 appearances.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Ruled out for Monday

Girgensons (upper body) will not play in Monday's contest against Detroit, per Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald on Sunday. Girgensons will remain sidelined for the Sabres' second-consecutive contest against Detroit. The 28-year-old has averaged 15:22 of ice time -- 1:36 during the power play -- and has recorded 12 points over 33 appearances this season. He is questionable for Tuesday's game against Ottawa.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Moved to IR

Girgensons (upper body) was shifted to injured reserve Monday. Girgensons sat out Saturday's game against the Red Wings and will miss at least a few more games as a result of his placement on IR.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Clears COVID-19 protocols

Girgensons exited the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Girgensons has logged two goals through his eight December appearances this season. He will reprise his offensive role against the Sharks on Thursday, where he will look to recapture his 82-game pace of 30 points.

Sabres' Jeff Skinner, Zemgus Girgensons added to COVID protocol

The Buffalo Sabres had their games postponed this week and Monday added Vinnie Hinostroza to the COVID protocol. He wasn’t alone for very long, as both Jeff Skinner and Zemgus Girgensons were added Tuesday. The Sabres won’t play again until Monday but now could be without all three, should they have to face the full 10-day period that comes with a positive, symptomatic case.