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Sabres place Zach Bogosian on waivers, send Pilut to Rochester

Zach Bogosian's days with the Buffalo Sabres may be over.

The Sabres announced Friday they have placed the veteran defenseman on waivers, as they are clearly looking to get out from under at least part of the big contract they inherited from the Winnipeg Jets for the injury-plagued blueliner in 2015.

Bogosian, 29, has one goal and four assists in 19 games this season after undergoing serious hip surgery last season and missing training camp. He has been a healthy scratch for eight of the last nine games and was brutal in his most recent appearance, posting a minus-3 rating in the 6-1 loss to Colorado Feb. 4 in KeyBank Center.

Bogosian reportedly asked for a trade in December but no team is going to be interested in a journeyman defender carrying a cap hit of $5,142,857 with a major injury history. He has not played more than 70 games in a season since 2010-11, his third year with the Atlanta Thrashers.

The cap hit makes it unimaginable that any team would claim Bogosian. Once he clears waivers, the Sabres could send Bogosian to Rochester or arrange to loan him to another AHL team, as they did the last two seasons with forward Matt Moulson, and save $1.075 million of his cap. They could also do nothing and keep him on the roster.

Bogosian is not on unconditional waivers that would allow the team to work out a mutual termination with him to get the entire cap off its books. That would seem unlikely anyway because Bogosian's actual salary is $6 million and he would have to be willing to waive what he's owed for the rest of the season.

Bogosian came from Winnipeg in 2015 along with forward Evander Kane in one of former General Manager Tim Murray's biggest deals. Bogosian played parts of six seasons with the Sabres and his best efforts came in 2015-16, when he had seven goals and 17 assists in 64 games.

But Bogosian's speed and effectiveness have been hampered by a pair of hip surgeries and several other ailments.  He has played 636 career NHL games, second-most to teammate Jeff Skinner among active players who have never appeared in the playoffs.

Later Friday, Buffalo sent defenseman Lawrence Pilut to Rochester. He has been a healthy scratch the last two games and the Amerks play Saturday against Syracuse and Sunday against Utica, the team they enter the weekend one point behind in the AHL's North Division. Pilut has six goals and 16 assists in 31 games this year for Rochester and no points in 11 games with the Sabres.

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