The Buffalo Sabres took the first step toward loosening their logjam on defense Friday by placing John Gilmour on waivers in hopes of getting him to Rochester.
Zach Bogosian, who has not played this season after hip surgery, is on the team's Florida road trip and could be ready to play either Sunday in Florida or Monday in Tampa Bay. Bogosian, who has been taken off injured reserve became Buffalo's ninth healthy defenseman at the NHL level.
With General Manager Jason Botterill unable to make a trade of a defenseman for a badly needed forward, the Sabres had no room for Gilmour. A strong skater who has played just three games at defense this season and was used at forward during Tuesday's loss to Minnesota, Gilmour has no points but could be attractive to other teams looking for some skating and offense for their back end.
The Sabres are obviously hoping he can clear waivers and be a big boost to the Rochester lineup, both on defense and the power play.
Gilmour, 26, set a franchise record last year among defensemen for the Hartford Wolf Pack with 20 goals and was second in the AHL to the 21 by Rochester's Zach Redmond. Gilmour had 54 points and was named an AHL all-star for a second consecutive season.
The Sabres are off Friday. They practice Saturday in Fort Lauderdale before meeting the Panthers Sunday at 5.