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Sabres Notebook: Zach Bogosian holding Casino for a Cause

DALLAS -- A number of Buffalo Sabres players will be dealing cards and working the gaming tables when the Town Ballroom downtown is transformed to resemble a prohibition-era casino Saturday night.

All involved will be lending their time to Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian's "Casino for a Cause II," an event held by his foundation, the BOGO Bunch, to raise funds for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Attendees, all of whom must be 21 years or older, will not be playing for actual money; however, they will enjoy live music, an open bar, cuisine from local restaurants and an auction. For Bogosian and his wife, Bianca, this labor of love began in 2015, when they began working to honor his late grandmother, Armen, who battled lymphoma.

"I always said at a certain point in my life, when I’m comfortable where I want to start giving back and I’m invested in the community, I wanted to start something," Bogosian said. "It was kind of a no-brainer as far as trying to help people. Getting things up and going was obviously the tricky part."

This will be the Bogosians' third event since beginning the nonprofit charity, and like most causes such as this, planning becomes easier with time, he said. Friends, family members, teammates and local businesses have been lending helping hands.

The BOGO Bunch's mission is to create a family atmosphere for those affected by cancer. Bogosian, 28, is playing his fifth season with the Sabres, who acquired him from Winnipeg in February 2015.

He has since become a revered leader inside the Sabres' dressing room and is serving as an alternate captain. Bianca is a retired professional soccer player who played her final season with the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League in 2014.

Last March, they held the Bogosian Kancer Jam in KeyBank Center, where 64 fundraising teams played KanJam with Sabres players -- all proceeds benefited Roswell Park. This will be Bogosian's second casino event.

There will be silent and live auctions with live music by the Rat Pack Band, as well as complimentary food, beverages and valet parking. Tickets can be purchased for $125 at www.townballroom.com, and donations can also be made to the BOGO Bunch through its website www.bogobunchfoundation.org.

"It’s amazing," he said. "First and foremost, the events don’t happen without my teammates volunteering their time. They’ve been a huge part of it. I know my name is on the foundation, but they’re what makes it so big. It’s definitely been fun. Obviously throughout the last few years there have been so many people in Buffalo who have volunteered to help out. People come to the event, show support. It’s been fun."

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Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet said on his podcast, "31 Thoughts," Wednesday that Sabres winger Jason Pominville could be available via trade.

Pominville, 36, was a healthy scratch Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss to the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center. He has two goals with a minus-5 rating over his last 30 games after scoring nine goals in his first 20 games this season.

A second-round draft pick in 2001, Pominville played his 1,000th career NHL game in November and recorded his 700th career point in October. He is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is still owed more than $1.9 million for the remainder of this season, according to CapFriendly.com.

As part of a modified no trade clause, Pominville has a list of 10 teams in which he cannot be traded to. He is averaging a career-low 12 minutes, 27 seconds per game this season.

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