After a short stop in Toronto, Zach Bogosian is heading back to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The veteran defenseman has signed a three-year contract with the Lightning that will carry an average annual value of $850K, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.
Bogosian is still just 31, despite debuting way back in 2008 as a teenager. The third overall pick from that year’s draft, he dealt with injury after injury through the first decade of his career, never living up to his potential. Only recently has Bogosian gotten his career back on track, asking the Buffalo Sabres to terminate his contract in 2020 in order to sign with Tampa Bay. He won a Stanley Cup that summer during his first taste of the playoffs, certainly a factor in him returning this time around.
In the interim, he played one season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, stabilizing the team’s third-pairing and penalty kill. After being knocked out in the first round, he’ll take his gear back to Tampa Bay and lock in with one of the best teams in the league at an incredibly low price. In fact, Bogosian is actually taking a pay cut from last season and locking himself into a number only barely higher than the league minimum.