Zach Bogosian becomes free agent after clearing waivers


Buffalo Sabres defenceman Zach Bogosian, left, has had his contract terminated by the team. (Adrian Kraus/AP)

Veteran defenceman Zach Bogosian is officially a free agent after his contract was terminated by the Buffalo Sabres Saturday. Bogosian cleared unconditional waivers at noon ET on Saturday.

The 29-year-old is now free to sign with any team, but must sign before the trade deadline of 3 p.m. ET Monday to be eligible for the playoffs.

Bogosian was in the final year of a seven-year, $36-million contract before his termination and will lose the remaining salary he was owed this season on that deal. He began the season on injured reserve while recovering from hip surgery and has struggled to stay in the lineup ever since, including being listed as a healthy scratch on more than one occasion.

Last week the Sabres placed Bogosian on waivers with the intent of sending him to AHL Rochester. After clearing, Bogosian did not report, resulting in a suspension by the Sabres and his eventual contract termination.

He has one goal and four assists in 19 games this season.

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