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Rotowire: Apr 1 / 11:51a ET
News: Girgensons (ankle) isn't likely to return to game action over the Sabres' final six games of the season, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Impact: Things have been trending in this direction for a while, as there's simply no incentive for the Sabres to rush Girgensons back into active duty from a serious ankle injury while the team remains at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. With close to a full offseason to recover from the injury in a timely fashion, Girgensons should be back to full health well in advance of training camp.
Rotowire: Mar 5 / 2:21p ET
News: Coach Ted Nolan wasn't optimistic when asked Thursday about Girgensons' (ankle) chances of returning this season, reports the Sabres' official site. "With that type of injury, you're hoping to see him, but realistically, I'm not too sure if we will," Nolan said. "It depends on the length of the injury, how [many] games we have left. If we have two, will you risk his rustiness getting hurt again?"
Impact: With the Sabres in full-blown tank mode, there's little incentive to bring Girgensons back from injured reserve even if he's closing in on full health in the final weeks of the season. As such, it makes sense for the team to take it slow with his rehab to avoid potentially aggravating the injury heading into the summer. The Sabres' lone All-Star representative, Girgensons showed some encouraging production despite the dearth of talent surrounding him, compiling 15 goals and 30 points over 61 games. Assuming that he indeed ends up being shut down for the season, Girgensons should return in 2015-16 with a top-six role in hand.