Does Zach Bogosian’s injury offer opportunities for other Leafs defencemen?

Zach Bogosian has been one of the Leafs good stories this season. I’d say every Leaf has had a good story but in particular to Bogosian, he’s been consistent, physical and one of Toronto’s best defencemen this year.
Now, he’s injured. And it sounds like it’ll be a while before he returns to the Leafs lineup.

Zach Bogosian is out a minimum of four weeks with a shoulder injury.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 23, 2021

The 30-year-old likely won’t return until sometime in the first round of the playoffs, meaning Sheldon Keefe has some tinkering to do with the defence. He’s already tried pairing Morgan Rielly with Justin Holl, and Jake Muzzin with TJ Brodie in the top four. They’re now back with their original partners.
He’s also tried Rasmus Sandin and Travis Dermott together — which has looked good in the current circumstances. However, Kyle Dubas acquired Ben Hutton from Anaheim and the Leafs have Timothy Liljegren on the taxi squad, too.
And both deserve opportunities, but likely won’t get them. And let me tell you why.
Keefe specified that he’s enjoyed the pairings and where they were before Bogosian went …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The complicated reality of Zach Bogosian as a Leaf

It seemed like Zach Bogosian was brought in to be hated by the fanbase of the team he would be playing for. Given Toronto’s recent history with Cody Ceci, Roman Polak, and to some extent also Matt Hunwick, Ron Hainsey, and Ryan O’Byrne, there is no shortage of defensive defensemen that this fanbase has done a dance of joy for their departures. If we want to head in the way back machine, we can probably lump Luke Schenn and Keith Aulie into that group as well, and while Bogosian might not have the price tag of Zaitsev, Ceci, or Phaneuf, or been a wasted lottery pick like Schenn, or even had an asset given up for him like O’Byrne, the universal truth remains, that Leafs fans hate defensive defensemen and Bogosian was going to be hated the moment he decided to sign here.
Neither Dubas or Bogosian did themselves any favours this week with their actions, but it was those actions that should probably have us jump past all of our usual nonsense and go straight to angry acceptance. Dubas choosing not to waive Bogosian and instead waiving both Spezza and Dell to make Mikko Lehtonen, is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Zach Bogosian rumoured as a buy low option for the Leafs

Here’s the thing, I get it that Zach Bogosian isn’t high on the list of names that anyone is looking at to “fix” the Leafs blueline, but that doesn’t make these developments any less interesting…

Bogosian will be placed on unconditional waivers today. If he clears, his contract will be terminated and he will be free to sign with another club. Buffalo tried hard to trade him and was willing to retain 50% https://t.co/DyKmkgy8xh
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 21, 2020

Wouldn’t surprise me if the Leafs at least checked in on that. https://t.co/3i0fk3uBOi
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 21, 2020
I probably don’t need to do a whole lot on why adding a defenseman who had his contract terminated by a non-playoff team isn’t likely to be a surefire solution to what ails the Leafs, and I’m not fully sure I can talk myself into Bogosian being a good idea at all, but what Bogosian does allow for, is the opportunity to get Liljegren out of the pressbox and back to the Marlies if the intention isn’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation