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Rostislav Klesla will not be joining the Buffalo Sabres.
The 31-year-old defencemen was traded from the Washington Capitals alongside goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Sabres for goalie Jaroslav Halak and a third-round selection on Trade Deadline day.
Klesla was traded the day before from Phoenix to Washington.
"With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams,” Klesla said in a statement.
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Sportsnet reporting Halak to Washington. No return yet.
Wild press release is below...
The Los Angeles Kings have dealt prospect Hudson Fasching and defenceman Nicolas Deslauriers to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenceman Brayden McNabb and two second-round draft picks.
The 23-year-old McNabb was an All-Star with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans this season, posting seven goals and 22 assists in 38 games.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres may be ready to move forward without Pat LaFontaine, but are you prepared to move along with them? I would imagine a growing number of fans still need a few answers before investing any more time, money and energy in a franchise that continues to insult their intelligence.
Let’s get to the point: Ted Black saying there was no discord between Pat LaFontaine and the front office was absurd. Obviously, there were major problems at the top. Rather than acknowledge their existence, Black made a lame, embarrassing attempt to con the public into thinking it was an amicable divorce.
Does he really think people are that stupid?
The rhetoric was laughable when stacked against mounting evidence of an irreparable rift between LaFontaine and owner Terry Pegula. Next we’ll hear Black suggest a few ice cubes sank the Titanic and firecrackers ended World War II. It appears we’re back to the same old routine with Pegula and his flunkies in fantasyland.
from John Vogl of Sabres Edge,
Halak and Stewart, acquired from St. Louis on Friday in the deal that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Blues, practiced with the Sabres for the first time today. It's entirely possible it was the only practice they'll ever have in First Niagara Center. Ottawa is highly interested in acquiring Stewart before Wednesday's trade deadline, while the Star-Tribune in Minnesota reports the Wild are hot for Halak.
"I’m happy to be here right now, and we’ll see what’s going to happen a few days from now if I’m still here," Halak said. "Anything can happen from now on. We’ve got three more days before the trade deadline, and we’ll see."
Halak, a pending unrestricted free agent, is 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Minnesota likely isn't the only club that would be interested in the goaltender....
"You hear about all the rumors," Stewart said. "As long as I’m here, I’m going to focus 100 percent of my energy on winning hockey games for the Buffalo Sabres."
Ted Nolan spoke after practice today, you can wath the video below...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 1, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced Pat LaFontaine has resigned his position with the Buffalo Sabres to resume his previous role with the National Hockey League.
“I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization,” said Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. “Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as General Manager and Craig Patrick will continue as a Senior Hockey Advisor. As has been the case since I bought the team, we’ll continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild the organization and keep it on path towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
“Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition,” said Pat LaFontaine. “I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive.”
added 4:03pm, Another tweet from McKenzie,
The BUF rumors I tweeted about earlier focus primarily but not exclusively on Pat LaFontaine. Still no comment from anyone in BUF.
This is a terrific deal for the Blues who had been in the hunt for Miller for months. Halak has a wonderful record (29-4-4, 2.23 avg, .917 save percentage), but the perception is he’s not as good as Quick, for sure. If the Blues are to get out of the logjam in the West, they are going to need a goalie who can match saves with Crawford and Niemi (both Cup winners) and Hiller, too. They are stacked on defence with three Olympians (Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo on the Canadian team and Kevin Shattenkirk on Team USA) and up front they have five Olympians (David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko).
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on the Buffalo/St. Louis trade. Read more on the move.
Between the first and second period of the Sabres/Sharks game, Ryan Miller spoke to the media.
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