Sabres' Housley won't rule out Bogosian

October 4, 2017

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The lines and the defensive pairings all stayed the same during Wednesday’s practice. Zach Bogosian and Justin Falk did not practice. Phil Housley claims he doesn’t know if Bogosian will be able to play on Thursday, but he hasn’t practiced all week.

It’s starting to look like Matt Moulson and Josh Gorges will be the healthy scratches for Thursday’s opener. Housley said a player like Gorges must be patient, “He’s in a position right now where he’s really got to focus on every day, you know practices until he gets his opportunity.”

“He’s an experienced guy, a veteran that knows how to play the game and when his opportunity comes, make the best of it, so we’re going to rely on Josh in that respect.”

Housley was also tight lipped on if he’ll name a captain or not, “We’re going to evaluate that today, we might have something tomorrow, but obviously we’re going to have to have captains tomorrow in our lineup and we’re going to evaluate that today and we’ll see where that leaves us tomorrow.”

Jack Eichel has signed a contract extension that will play him $80 million over eight years. Phil Housley was an 18-year old first round pick and signed his deal, but he said it wasn’t for that kind of money, “It wasn’t what he’s getting,” Housley said with a laugh. “All remember is the first contract I signed as a rookie. It was the summer of ’82 and I was excited. It was a great experience to get signed and be a big part and have a big impact on the organization.”  

We’ll bring you the Eichel press conference live on WGR Sports Radio 550 beginning at 2.