Despite recent speculation that he is “all about the money,” Zach Bogosian has signed a two-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets worth a reasonable $5 million over the life of the deal. That works out to a cap hit of $2.5 million per season.
It looks like Bogosian was inspired by the Brad Marchand deal signed earlier today as he’ll make $2 million this year and $3 million next year.
Locking down Bogosian for two more seasons is certainly important to the Jets. Doing so at a reasonable price is even better.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff called Bogosian someone he hoped to build the team’s defense around earlier this summer and Bogosian is a key member of the Jets young core. In an offseason that didn’t see a lot of free agent action in Winnipeg, it’s good to see the team keep another one of their talents. The team re-signed Blake Wheeler and captain Andrew Ladd earlier in the summer.
The $2.5 million cap hit puts Bogosian behind Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Johnny Oduya and – of course – Ron Hainsey in terms of salaries on the Winnipeg blue line.
It’s certainly a nice cap hit for a player like Bogosian. He had five goals and 12 assists in 71 games last season and he is only 21 years old. He also has a humourous outtakes video on YouTube:
Bogosian was drafted third overall by franchise when they were the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Now we wait for Luke Schenn and Drew Doughty. Reportedly a Schenn deal is close. Doughty? No one knows.