|(6/18/17) The Sabres have opted not to protect Bogosian for the expansion draft.|
The move is somewhat curious, as Bogosian has been one of Buffalo's more reliable veteran defensemen during his two-and-half seasons there, averaging over 20 minutes per game. The Sabres are already quite weak on the blue line, but it seems as though new general manager Jason Botterill may have other plans in the works, as veteran teammate Josh Gorges was also left unprotected. Bogosian has three years remaining with a $5.14 million cap hit on his contract, and has never managed to play a full 82-game season, appearing in just 64 and 56 games over the past two seasons. Although Buffalo has made it clear that its top three are Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and the newly acquired Nathan Beaulieu, should Bogosian return he'll likely play a top-four role. If Vegas takes Bogosian, it gives the new franchise a two-way, right-hand shot defenseman that has experience playing on both the power play and penalty kill. Even if Bogosian doesn't get taken in the expansion draft, there's still a possibility he gets moved in a separate deal.