Sabres suspend Bogosian for failing to report to Rochester

Zach Bogosian has been suspended without pay, which gives the Sabres some much needed salary cap relief

Brayton Wilson
February 14, 2020 - 12:29 pm
Zach Bogosian

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After clearing waivers on Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres assigned defenseman Zach Bogosian to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

However, Bogosian has failed to report to Rochester, which has led to the team suspending the 29-year-old defenseman.

The team, nor his agent Darren Ferris, will have any further comment on the matter at this time.

According to CapFriendly.com, with Bogosian suspended without pay, his cap hit of $5.142 million will not count against the Sabres' salary cap. Bogosian is currently in the final year of a contract and is going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He signed his contract while with the Winnipeg Jets during the 2013-14 season, and it carried over to the Sabres when he was traded to Buffalo five years ago.

The 12-year veteran defenseman had only appeared in 19 games this season for the Sabres with a goal and four assists since returning to the lineup in November from offseason hip surgery.

Back in December, Bogosian reportedly requested a trade out of Buffalo, but never got into the details as to why he wanted out of the organization. Since his request back on Dec. 12, Bogosian had only played in nine games, scoring a goal and picking up an assist.

In 243 career games with the Sabres, Bogosian has scored 13 goals and registered 54 assists for 67 points, but has missed a total of 169 games as a healthy scratch or due to a number of injuries suffered throughout his entire career.

With Bogosian now suspended, the team can continue to try and work out a trade ahead of next Monday's NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. The team could also let Bogosian continue to remain suspended without pay, or both sides could come to terms on a mutual termination of his contract, which would completely rid the Sabres of his salary cap.

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