Zach Bogosian has struggled this season. ©2020, Micheline Veluvolu

Zach Bogosian clears waivers, assigned to Amerks by Sabres

BUFFALO – The Sabres assigned defenseman Zach Bogosian to the Rochester Americans after he cleared waivers today.

Bogosian, 29, is not expected to play in the Amerks’ road game tonight against the Syracuse Crunch. There is no official word if the Massena native will report to the AHL.

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said waiving and demoting Bogosian was “an organizational decision.”

“What’s going on there is not really my issue,” said Krueger, whose Sabres host the Maple Leafs on Sunday. “My issue is to get ready to play Toronto.”

Bogosian hasn’t played in the minors since 2008-09, when he appeared in five games on a conditioning stint with the Chicago Wolves as a rookie.

He has struggled this season, regularly getting scratched after returning from offseason hip surgery.

In other news, the Sabres goalie Carter Hutton missed this morning’s practice inside LECOM Harborcenter for maintenance.

Krueger said Hutton’s absence isn’t related to the hit he took from Columbus Blue Jackets forward Eric Robinson in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win.

A puck also hit Hutton in mask earlier in the night.

“We’re quite optimistic about his rehab day today,” Krueger said of Hutton’s status for the Leafs.

To replace Hutton, the Sabres recalled goalie Andrew Hammond from the Amerks. The Sabres also summoned defenseman John Gilmour to replace Bogosian.

Winger Marcus Johansson also practiced after missing Thursday’s game.

Meanwhile, winger Marcus Johansson practiced today after an upper-body injury sidelined him Thursday. Illness kept winger Michael Frolik from practicing.

Krueger said he is “optimistic” Frolik can play Sunday.

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