Bogosian was in the final season of a 3-year, $850K AAV contract signed in the Summer of 2021. In four games for the Lightning this season, he recorded zero points, a 0 +/- rating, and 0 penalty minutes.
This trade shouldn’t be a shock as the team placed him on waivers right before the start of the regular season. Granted, he was recalled a couple of days after clearing.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Odd man out
Before the trade, Bogosian was clearly behind fellow defensemen Victor Hedman, Mikhail Sergachev, Nick Perbix, and Erik Cernak for ice time and was also seeing less playing time than Calvin De Haan and Darren Raddysh. Hayden Fleury, sent on a conditioning stint to Syracuse last week, will likely be recalled soon to replace Bogosian’s spot on the roster. Fleury will likely replace him as the team’s seventh defenseman.
This is not the first trade that the Minnesota Wild have made today as they moved young defenseman Calen Addison to the San Jose Sharks for a 2026 5th-round pick and a prospect. So Minnesota pretty much swapped out Addison for Bogosian, in addition to swapping a couple of future late-round picks.
This appears to be the Wild boosting their size and physicality on their blue line, as Addison was not playing in a role that best suited his skillset.
This is not the first trade that the Wild and the Tampa Bay Lightning have made together involving a veteran player on Tampa Bay’s roster. In July, Tampa Bay traded winger Pat Maroon as well as prospect Maxim Cajkovic to Minnesota for a 2024 7th-round pick.