Zach Bogosian has been an underwhelming performer in Buffalo. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After clearing waivers recently, Zach Bogosian was assigned to the Rochester Americans of the AHL. After failing to report to the minor league team, the Buffalo Sabres have suspended Bogosian indefinitely. While he remains under suspension, Bogosian will forfeit his salary, and his entire cap hit will come off the Sabres’ books.

The 29-year-old Bogosian is in the final season of the seven-year, $36M contract he signed with the Winnipeg Jets in 2013 and carries a cap hit of $5.14M this season. After being a healthy scratch earlier in the year, he requested a trade, but due to this hefty contract any deal would be difficult for the Sabres to accomplish. Now after several more scratches and an assignment to the minor leagues, it appears that his time with the organization may be over.

The two sides could still come to an agreement of some sort. A mutual contract termination would see Bogosian give up what remains on his deal, but at this point a suspension amounts to the same thing, without an opportunity for him to sign elsewhere. A termination would make Bogosian an unrestricted free agent, though to be eligible for playoff hockey with a new team he would have to sign a contract before the trade deadline.

There is also still a trade option, if the Sabres can find a team willing to take on his contract. That seems unlikely at this point, however, given his availability on waivers and the new cap flexibility that this suspension creates for Buffalo.

Bogosian has five points in 19 games this season for the Sabres.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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ANA / 988 / RW
Teemu Selanne
ARZ / 972 / RW
Shane Doan
BOS / 1,506 / D
Ray Bourque
BUF / 1,326 / C
Gilbert Perreault
CAR / 1,175 / C
Ron Francis
CGY / 1,095 / RW
Jarome Iginla
CHI / 1,467 / C
Stan Mikita
CBJ / 547 / LW
Rick Nash
COL / 1,641 / C
Joe Sakic
DAL / 1,359 / C
Mike Modano
DET / 1,809 / RW
Gordie Howe
EDM / 1,669 / C
Wayne Gretzky
FLA / 419 / C
Olli Jokinen
LA / 1,307 / C
Marcel Dionne
MIN / 688 / C
Mikko Koivu
MTL / 1,246 / RW
Guy Lafleur
NSH / 566 / C
David Legwand
NJ / 1,025 / LW
Patrik Elias
NYI / 1,353 / C
Bryan Trottier
NYR / 1,021 / RW
Rod Gilbert
OTT / 1,108 / RW
Daniel Alfredsson
PHI / 1,210 / C
Bobby Clarke
PIT / 1,723 / C
Mario Lemieux
SJ / 1,082 / C
Patrick Marleau
STL / 1,073 / C
Bernie Federko
TB / 953 / RW
Martin St. Louis
TOR / 987 / C
Mats Sundin
VAN / 1,070 / C
Henrik Sedin
VGK / 134 / C
William Karlsson
WAS / 1,211 / LW
Alexander Ovechkin
WPG* / 615 / LW
Ilya Kovalchuk

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