Feb 5, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Should The Buffalo Sabres Shut Down Zemgus Girgensons Before The Season Ends?

The Buffalo Sabres will be without the services of forward Zemgus Girgensons tonight, due to a lower-body injury he suffered against the Tampa Bay Lightning last Thursday.

Interim coach Ted Nolan does not expect Girgensons to be out much longer, although from the sounds of it he won’t be back in time for Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, either.

The way Buffalo’s roster has been gutted in the quest to obtain draft picks and besieged with injuries, Girgensons obviously is due to see some major ice time once he returns to action.  The question I ask today, however, is should the Sabres organization consider shutting Girgensons down at some point before the regular season ends?

I am all for Girgensons developing as a player, and more ice time sure does help him accomplish that!  However, the Sabres have nothing left to play for, and Girgensons is going to play a huge role in helping shape the future of this team.  It sure would suck to have Z suffer a serious, freak injury during the final 15 or so games of the season, now wouldn’t it?

So what do you think: give him prime ice time, or shut him down before the season ends?  Vote, and explain!!!!

Should the Sabres shut down Zemgus Girgensons early?

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