Saturday: Gilmour has cleared waivers, the Sabres have reported. He has been assigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans. With a roster spot open, head coach Ralph Krueger stated that Bogosian is likely to re-join the team this weekend.
Friday: The Buffalo Sabres have decided to place John Gilmour on waivers. The move likely precedes the return of Zach Bogosian, and is the first to start clearing the log jam of defenders on the Buffalo roster.
Gilmour, 26, has played just four games this season for the Sabres, his first after signing a one-year, $700K contract with them in the offseason. The left-handed defenseman spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the New York Rangers, but after failing to become a full-time player with them qualified for Group VI unrestricted free agency.
A member of the 2015 Providence College team that took home the National Championship, Gilmour was actually a relatively high profile college free agent when he first signed with the Rangers. Originally selected in the seventh round by the Calgary Flames, he never signed with them and instead took his talents to New York.
The Sabres have a huge number of defensemen ready to contribute at the NHL level, a group that they’ve been trying to deal from for some time. Looking for a forward to help kickstart their offense, the team will try to slip Gilmour through the cracks to open up a spot on the roster.