Rodrigues returns to practice on Tuesday

Evan Rodrigues is recovering from a lower-body injury suffered in Florida

Brayton Wilson
December 04, 2019 - 7:25 am

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The Buffalo Sabres got some more good news on the injury front on Tuesday when forward Evan Rodrigues was back on the ice, working in on the Rasmus Asplund line with Zemgus Girgensons and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Rodrigues returned to practice after suffering a lower-body injury back on Nov. 24 against the Florida Panthers. The 26-year-old took one shift to start the game that lasted 40 seconds before leaving the bench and not returning to the contest.

Last week, the Sabres' public relations staff issued an injury report that had Rodrigues listed as week-to-week. However, his return to practice is a positive sign that he may be back to game action sooner rather than later.

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger did say after practice that a return to the lineup on the Western Canada road trip is not out of the question.

"He looked good today," he said. "Still haven't gotten the feedback from the medical team, but it looked like he was moving quite naturally. I think the prep to get him here has been successful, and we expect that he will be available here on this trip."

It has been a slow start to the season for Rodrigues, who has just two assists in 14 games.

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo was, once again, on the ice for Tuesday's team practice as he recovers from a concussion. He was working in on Johan Larsson's line with Conor Sheary and Jeff Skinner.

Not on the ice for the Sabres on Tuesday was defenseman Zach Bogosian, but Krueger confirmed that his absence was due to a maintenance day.

In a roster move made by the Sabres on Tuesday, the team has assigned forward Cutis Lazar to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

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