Zemgus Girgensons was injured Monday. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons likely out for season after undergoing surgery

Buffalo Sabres winger Zemgus Girgensons is likely out for the season after undergoing surgery today to repair a hamstring injury he suffered in Monday’s scrimmage.

In a statement, the Sabres said Girgensons’ recovery time is approximately six months.

In the second period of the scrimmage, Girgensons eyed up Steven Fogarty as he carried the puck and tried to hit him inside the blue line.... Read the full article

Zemgus Girgensons left Monday’s scrimmage. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons suffers ‘very questionable lower-body injury’

In the second period of Monday’s Buffalo Sabres scrimmage, Zemgus Girgensons eyed up Steven Fogarty as he carried the puck and tried to hit him inside the blue line.

But Fogarty skated around Girgensons, forcing the Latvian to make a last-second adjustment. Girgensons’ legs split awkwardly as he attempted to find Fogarty and he fell to the KeyBank Center ice. Girgensons left the scrimmage and did not return.

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Girgensons, who ... Read the full article

Prospect Jacob Bryson could return for another season in Rochester or stay in Buffalo. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

AHL approves structural framework for season to begin Feb. 5

The American Hockey League offered little information, only saying the structural framework for a season that will begin Feb. 5 has been approved.

Details, the league said in a statement Wednesday, are still being worked out as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps ravaging North America.

The schedule will likely be significantly shorter. The four Canadian teams will almost certainly be grouped into their own division. Some teams could opt out for the year.

Count on it ... Read the full article

Arttu Ruotsalainen got off to a torrid start in Finland this season. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres release training camp roster, schedule; 37 players to participate

On Friday, the Buffalo Sabres will touch the KeyBank Center ice for the first time in 296 days and begin preparing for the most unusual of seasons.

The NHL will be attempting to play during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will likely experience problems – positive tests, postponements or even cancellations – as the schedule unfolds.

But those potential roadblocks can be examined another day. The Sabres’ 10-month break is nearly over. Training camp officially ... Read the full article

Dustin Tokarski was ecstatic after winning the Calder Cup with Charlotte in 2019. ©2020, Gregg Forwerck, AHL

Goalie Dustin Tokarski thrilled to join Sabres: ‘I got that fire in me’

In his 11-year career, Dustin Tokarski has played 361 games in the American Hockey League, more than any active goalie. The Buffalo Sabres newcomer has won Calder Cup championships as a starter and a backup and as a prospect and a graybeard.

When Tokarski tends goal for the Rochester Americans, he will have played for 10 AHL teams. Three of them are no longer in the league.

Tokarski, 31, has experienced virtually everything in the ... Read the full article

Steven Fogarty (19) tries to score on Rochester goalie Adam Wilcox as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2018-19. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Sabres add forward depth, sign Steven Fogarty to one-year contract

The Sabres added more forward depth today, signing Steve Fogarty to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Fogarty, 27, spent most of the past four seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack, compiling 50 goals and 130 points in 252 AHL games. He played 18 regular-season games for the New York Rangers during that stretch, including seven last season. He also made his first playoff appearance in 2019-20.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Fogarty could be ticketed for the Rochester ... Read the full article