Around this time last year, you probably wondered why Zach Bogosian managed to remain part of an NHL roster in spite of a lack of playing time and a decline in play. Regardless of what was the root cause of the regression, it appeared all but certain that he would see his hockey dreams end as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
Following a lengthy dispute with the team that was capped off by a refusal to report to the Rochester Americans, the Sabres decided to release him and make Bogosian a free agent around the trade deadline. As if the stars aligned, he ended up signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning and found new life in his career. He even made his first appearance in the playoffs and helped his new team capture the Stanley Cup.
That’s why Bogosian’s number is 20.
It’s how many playoff games he appeared in for Lightning inside the bubble. To say he made the most of those games would be a massive understatement. You could even suggest that these contests are a big part of why he is paid $1 million to play for the Leafs.
In those 20 games, he recorded four …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation