Sabres' Bogosian returned to practice

It was the first time this season that the defenseman practiced with his teammates

Paul Hamilton
November 13, 2019 - 4:48 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - It’s been a long ways back for Zach Bogosian.

In the past few years, he’s had both hips operated on, and then this summer, he had a setback. On Wednesday, Bogosian joined his teammates for practice for the first time this season, which put a big smile on his face, “It was nice. Obviously it’s been a long journey, but it was great to be out there with the guys and have that comradery is something I live for. I cherish it and it was a lot of fun to be out there.”

Bogosian has spent a lot of long hard hours by himself rehabbing. He said, “It’s been a good learning experience. I found out a lot about myself, and you don’t really know and it’s tough to put into words how it feels to go through something like that unless you’ve been through it.”

Ralph Krueger said even though he wasn’t on the ice, Bogosian was a part of every meeting. The defenseman, at least, wanted to do that, “I think it’s important to be part of the group whether you’re in the lineup or not. We’re all going through everything together and we’re a tight group in here. So anytime you can have, at least, something to do with the group, I thought it was something important to be a part of.”

Bogosian said he’s been skating at a pretty good pace with rehab coach Dennis Miller for over a month, and he credited many behind the scenes helping him get back into practice. However, he’s not sure how long it will take to get into games. He's listed as week-to-week.

Bogosian was asked who his support system was. It was a question he had trouble answering because thinking about it choked him up, “It starts with my family.” After a long pause to compose himself he said, “I’ll leave it at that.”

Marco Scandella also returned to practice. Krueger thinks he has a real good chance to play on Thursday.

Marcus Johansson finished the game on Saturday, but missed practice and is day-to-day with a upper-body injury. Krueger said they will talk to him on Thursday to see if he can play against Carolina. If he can’t, Curtis Lazar will enter the lineup.

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