Sabres suspend Rostislav Klesla for not reporting

Sabres suspend Rostislav Klesla for not reporting
Rostislav Klesla spent time on the injured and time in the minors before being trade twice in two days.

Veteran defenseman Rostislav Klesla, who was traded twice in two days, told TSN that he won’t report to the Buffalo Sabres’ organization, choosing instead to end a difficult season by stopping playing.

The Sabres suspended him on Sunday for failing to report to their affiliate in Rochester, N.Y.

“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 to the Canadian network.

“I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family.”.

Klesla, 31, who began the season with the Phoenix Coyotes, was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a concussion-causing hit during the preseason. He returned after missing three regular-season games but later was assigned to the American Hockey League for the first time in his career.

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The day before last week’s trade deadline, he was sent to the Washington Capitals in the Martin Erat trade. The Capitals then shipped him and goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Sabres on Wednesday for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.