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Sabres' Franson in walking boot; Girgensons out

While the Sabres kicked soccer balls and bounced oversized workout balls Friday, Cody Franson stood by with his foot in a walking boot.

The severity of the injury could affect the trade deadline.

“Franson blocked a shot in his foot and more evaluation for today,” coach Dan Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. “He is not going to be playing tomorrow or Sunday.”

The Sabres visit Toronto on Saturday and host Vancouver on Sunday, but a long-term injury to Franson would clearly be bad for him and the team. He’s been one of the most productive defensemen lately, boosting his numbers to three goals and 13 assists, so he’d be needed for a successful run. If that run doesn’t come, however, Franson is a pending unrestricted free agent who would bring assets at the March 1 trade deadline.

Franson will be watch from the sidelines with Zemgus Girgensons. The center missed Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Anaheim with a full-body injury, and he won’t play in either game this weekend.

“He’s more than day-to-day at this point,” Bylsma said. “It’ll be through the weekend, then we’ll see on Monday.”

The coach said Zach Bogosian (ribs) skated on his own, and the team will evaluate his reaction to contact.

Buffalo is in a stretch of 11 games in 18 days, including five games this week. Rather than practice, the Sabres opted for a team activity. Excited shouts and the sound of bouncing balls echoed from the 100 Level concourse.

“It was just nice to have a little fun,” right wing Kyle Okposo said. “You’re playing so many games here, and your mind’s on hockey constantly. It’s nice to get a little change of pace, take your mind off things and hopefully come rejuvenated tomorrow.”

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