It hasn’t been a hockey season in Winnipeg without a Zach Bogosian injury. If you had the 9th game of the season in your Bogosian injury pool, congratulations you’ve won! The oft-injured defenseman will sit out his first game of the year tonight vs. the Islanders with what has been described as an upper body injury.
Last season in November when Bogo started missing games, I wrote for Illegal Curve that the Jets defense is consistently missing bodies. Since moving to Winnipeg, the Jets have now played a total of 220 games. Not including tonight’s tilt, the Massena, NY native has now missed 59 of them, that is 27% of the teams games.
According to Head Coach Paul Maurice, the injury is an upper body injury and he is day-to-day. TSN Jets Analyst Shane Hnidy said on TSN 1290 Winnipeg that the injury is not believed to be serious.
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TSN.ca has chronicled Bogosian’s injury history
Jan 21, 2012 – Missed 5 games (lower body injury)
Mar 1, 2012 – Missed 7 games (upper body injury)
Mar 17, 2012 – Missed 5 games (wrist injury)
Feb 15, 2013 – Missed 12 games (right wrist surgery)
April 26, 2013 – Missed last 3 regular season games (upper body injury)
Dec 20, 2013 – Misseed 15 games (strained groin)
Dec 29, 2013 – Missed 1 game (flu)
Mar 22, 2014 – Missed 1 game (upper body injury)
April 11, 2014 – Missed the last 11 regular season games (upper body injury)
Bogosian has been a huge part of the Jets/Thrashers defense since entering the NHL averaging almost 22 minutes per game. After signing a signing a seven year $36 million contract in 2013 he will be with the team for the foreseeable future. If the Jets want to contend for the playoffs, they’ll need his $5.14 million cap hit (via CapGeek) on the ice, rather than in the press box.