BUFFALO – When general manager Tim Murray pulls the trigger on the Zach Bogosian trade, coach Dan Bylsma joked, it’ll help the Sabres.
After all, the Sabres will be receiving a minute-munching first-pair defenseman.
“It’ll be a good trade made when Tim makes it,” Bylsma cracked this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center.
Fourteen games into the season, Bogosian, who suffered a lower-body injury early in training camp, is still sidelined. There is, however, some good news.
“There is a date where you will see him,” Bylsma said. “Eventually you will see it come to fruition.”
Bylsma said Bogosian is progressing and “building a foundation.” He has recently ramped up his workouts to a higher level.
Bogosian will skate in Buffalo while the Sabres play two road games in Florida this week.
In other injury news, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (upper body) said he’s available to play. Meanwhile, forward Cody McCormick, out since he developed blood clots in January, still hasn’t been cleared to play, Bylsma said.
In practice news, Bylsma mixed up his lines today, putting rookie center Jack Eichel beside right winger Tyler Ennis and Jamie McGinn.
Eichel and Ennis, perhaps the Sabres’ two best puck-movers, enjoyed a monster preseason game together.
“They played a little bit together here and there,” Bylsma said. “I’d like to see that creativity together. I know Jack likes to have the puck, Tyler likes to have the puck. If Jack has the puck in the last minute of the last game, maybe we don’t see Tyler dance up the ice with it (to create the winner).
“So there’s been a concern there’s only one puck for the two of them. I think two skilled players having the chance to play together and create off each other is what we’re hoping for.”