Lightning sign Bogosian to a one-year deal

February 24, 2020 - 7:18 am

Just one day after having his contract terminated by the Buffalo Sabres, defenseman Zach Bogosian has found himself a new home, signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

Bogosian was placed on waivers a week and a half ago with the purpose of assignment to the Rochester Americans. However, when he cleared waivers and failed to report to the American Hockey League, Bogosian was suspended by the Sabres without pay for breaching his contract. That then allowed the Sabres to make the decision on Friday to place Bogosian on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination.

The Sabres had reportedly been trying to trade Bogosian this season, especially after he requested a trade out of Buffalo back on Dec. 12. The 29-year-old veteran had only appeared in 19 games this season with the Sabres with a goal and four assists since returning to the lineup in November from offseason hip surgery.

In 243 career games with the Sabres, Bogosian scored 13 goals and registered 54 assists for 67 points, but missed a total of 170 games as a healthy scratch or due to a number of injuries suffered throughout his entire career.

Bogosian was a former third overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft of the Atlanta Thrashers, and went on to spend parts of seven seasons with that organization as they made the move to Winnipeg in 2011. In 636 career games in the NHL, Bogosian has 53 goals and picked up 141 assists for 194 points.

Now that Bogosian is under contract, he will be eligible to play for the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If he had signed with a team past 3 p.m. on Monday, he would have been ineligible to play in the postseason.

His deal with the Lightning will pay him $1.3 million for the rest of the season.

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