The Buffalo Sabres announced this evening that they’ve suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian without pay for failing to report to the Rochester Americans of the AHL. Here is the statement from the Sabres:
Bogosian’s agent Darren Ferris also released a statement to various reporters after the suspension was announced:
Zach Bogosian's agent: "We are aware of the notice of suspension and will not be providing a comment at this time."— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) February 17, 2020
While Bogosian is suspended his pro-rated cap hit comes off the books while he’s out. The two sides can move towards a contract termination and still look for a trade with the trade deadline a week away. The Sabres can also decide to leave him suspended for the remainder of the season if they would like.
Cap Friendly broke down the cap implications:
#Sabres suspending Bogosian for failing to report results in the balance of his projected cap hit coming off Buffalo's cap for the duration of his suspension.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) February 17, 2020
Failure to report is also a breach of contract, meaning that Buffalo could possibly terminate the remainder of his deal. https://t.co/XzKwJDJrou
We’ll see where this takes us in the next few days.
In an unrelated move, the Sabres recalled forward Scott Wilson to join the team for their trip to Ottawa. Michael Frolik won’t make the trip due to illness and Johan Larsson missed practiced today for a maintenance day.
Also, goaltender Andrew Hammond was returned to the Amerks.