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Sabres' Bogosian declares himself ready to play

Zach Bogosian is ready to play. He’ll find out if the Sabres will let him.

Bogosian, who suffered a rib injury Feb. 2, said after Monday’s skate that feels healthy enough to return. Buffalo visits Ottawa on Tuesday.

“I’m packed for the trip,” the defenseman said in KeyBank Center. “I feel good. I’m prepared to go on the trip, and I’m mentally getting ready for the game tomorrow.

“That being said, I still have to have a few more conversations before any of that really plays out.”

Coach Dan Bylsma had not yet talked to the athletic trainers when he met with the media.

“Obviously, it’s got to go through a chain of command,” said Bogosian, who has missed five games. “There’s going to be a few conversations, but I’m personally feeling a lot better, and I want to get back out there.

“I got some contact in at practice today, so that was really the last test for me. The contact was what was kind of holding me back a little bit. All that checked out today, so we’ll just see how it goes and have a conversation with the trainers and coach and go from there.”

Bylsma said neither center Zemgus Girgensons (full body) nor left wing William Carrier (knee) would go to Ottawa.

“Will is continuing his therapy now, his rest,” Bylsma said. “He’s got light activity, but dealing with a bone bruise and just needs rest at this point. He hasn’t gotten a lot better or worse.

“Zemgus will not be returning to the ice and will not be coming with us to Ottawa. Wednesday will get evaluated again.”

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