PITTSBURGH – Defenseman Zach Bogosian cleared waivers today, making the 12-year NHL veteran a free agent.
The Buffalo Sabres placed Bogosian on unconditional waivers Friday with the intention of terminating his contract.
Bogosian refused to report to the Rochester Americans after the Sabres assigned him to their AHL affiliate on Feb. 15, a day after waiving him.
The Massena native must sign with a new team before Monday’s trade deadline to be eligible for the NHL playoffs.
The contract termination will cost Bogosian the final portion of his $6 million salary. This is the final season of his deal.
The Sabres, meanwhile, are freed from the rest of his $5.4 million salary cap hit. They now have $8,441,190 of cap space, according to capfriendly.com.