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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  • wolfdoctor

    I think Girgs has been playing hurt for a couple weeks now. No hurry to bring him back. Let him totally heal first, otherwise there’s a risk of a major injury.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I would have no problems with Buffalo doing this. I wouldn’t be angry if they played him, either, but if the injury is nagging, why exacerbate it?

  • Alex Janus

    Should we set the team mantra to give up and quit when its tough or dangerous? I believe that it would send the message that the players dont have to suck it up little and play through adversity.. I also think benching players to prevent re-injury prevents players from skating as hard, as they will become fearful of being injured…I say if he wants to play, and he’s medically cleared, let him play

  • qwicwted

    Well hell….let’s just give up on the season, don’t need Leino, Stafford, Ennis, Meyers, Ehrhoff or even Scott to get hurt. Right now, the guys who are playing are playing for jobs – Girgensens is a centerpiece for the rebuild – our future captain. He more than anyone else would tell you that him being on the ice will set the tone for the future. Its interesting because the other night against Chicago – I think the announcers were just waiting for Bflo to get slaughtered. Didn’t happen and the team in 30th place made a game of it. I don’t care if we lose, as long as our boys are competitive that is all that matters.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I’m sure the reason why pretty much every good team finds themselves in a struggle with the Sabres is because they know the Sabres are in last place. Athletes don’t operate at 100% focus for the entire regular season. I’m glad the games are competitive, but at least half of that is because many teams are not fully engaged.

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    People: it’s a poll. There’s no right or wrong answer. Plenty of sports sit their star players at the end of the season if the team is out of playoff contention, to avoid freak injuries. It’s smart. Other teams do not, and players can benefit from that, too. Relax!

  • Jes

    Naw. No reason to sit him for the rest of the season. We still have 13 games remaining. It is just a day to day thing nothing serious.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Odds are he’ll go through the rest of the season without suffering anything serious. Still, the Sabres will kick themselves if he does, so I am curious to see if they do anything.

      • Jes

        I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they do. Teddy’s usually puppy love type to Girgs;).

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I can see both sides. Sure, nothing could happen – but one weird play and you’ve got a broken bone like Myers suffered last year. Either way, I’m okay with what the team does.