For most Buffalo Sabres fans the name Rostislav Klesla doesn’t mean much as of yet and because of his decision to retire it may never. After being traded to the Buffalo Sabres at the deadline, the 31 year-old defenceman has decided to hang up his skates instead of joining the Rochester Americans.
From @DarrenDreger it looks like Rostislav Klesla won’t be joining the Sabres’ farm team in Rochester.
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) March 9, 2014
Here is the official announcement from Klesla who the Sabres acquired after sending Jaroslav Halak to the Washington Capitals.
Klesla: “”With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season”…
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 9, 2014
It’s been a big week for the defenceman who went from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Washington Capitals and then the
Buffalo Sabres by the deadline. He was supposed to report to the Rochester Americans, but decided it would be best to retire instead of joining the Sabres organization.
Rostislav Klesla was drafted fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2000 NHL entry draft and played 13 years in the NHL between the Blue Jackets and Coyotes. In his 13 years he played 659 games racking up 159 points.
Klesla says he will take some time off from hockey and then pursue his career in Europe, after being traded from several teams in the last couple of weeks.
Although it seems highly unfair, the Washington Capitals are not obligated in any way to compensate the Buffalo Sabres despite him not reporting to the organization. The Sabres have now lost value from the deal with the Capitals which saw them land Michal Neuvirth.
Due to a concussion and several trades it has been a rough season for the defenceman and he is looking to take some time off to figure out his best options before playing again in Europe. Interesting to note, Ted Nolan‘s son, Jordan Nolan, hit Klesla in the preseason which resulted in the defenceman being taken off the ice on a stretcher.
Klesla is now the third member of the Buffalo Sabres to refuse to report to a minor league assignment alongside Linus Omark and Mikhail Grigorenko. On the heels of Pat LaFontaine leaving the organization there is certainly not a bright light shinning on the Sabres organization as of late and players saying no to management moves doesn’t help at all. It sure has been an interesting year in hockey heaven eh?
Rumours are that Rostislav Klesla was unpleased with his assignment to the AHL. And while the Capitals won’t have to compensate the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL may step in and compensate the Sabres.