Defenceman Zach Bogosian went from having his contract terminated by the Buffalo Sabres to landing in the thick of the playoff race with the Tampa Bay Lighting.

The Lightning on Sunday announced they signed Bogosian to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

At 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, Bogosian has been slowed by injuries for much of his career, and not topped 65 games played since 2010-11, his third NHL season.

He missed the first 22 games in Buffalo after having his second hip operation in three years. Bogosian then appeared in 10 straight games before requesting a trade shortly after learning he was going to be a healthy scratch.

He’s been limited to one goal four assists in 19 games this season. Overall, he has 53 goals and 141 assists in 636 career games.

Bogosian, who is from New York, was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the third pick in the 2008 draft, and he followed the franchise as it relocated to Winnipeg in 2011.


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