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Rostislav Klesla | Defenseman | #16

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/21/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 223
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (4) / CLM

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Rostislav Klesla has successfully cleared unconditional waivers.
No surprise there. Klesla had already announced his retirement from the NHL, so the Sabres were waiving him as a matter of course. Sat, Apr 5, 2014 01:29:00 PM

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The Buffalo Sabres have placed Rostislav Klesla on unconditional waivers.

Klesla already announced his retirement from the NHL, so this move isn't surprising. Buffalo acquired Klesla from Washington as part of the Jaroslav Halak trade, but the 32-year-old forward decided that he didn't want to play for the league's worst team. He is planning to continue his career in Europe.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 12:43:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla has decided to retire from the NHL.

Klesla was traded from the Coyotes to the Capitals a day before the trade deadline, then sent from the Capitals to the Sabres in the Jaroslav Halak deal on deadline day, but never played for either team. Klesla, 31, had 159 points, a minus-46 rating and 620 penalty minutes in 659 NHL games, most of which was spent with the Blue Jackets and the last three-plus seasons with the Coyotes. "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. 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."
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 07:22:00 PM

The Buffalo Sabres acquired Rostislav Klesla from the Washington Capitals as part of the Jaroslav Halak trade.

Klesla has four points and 24 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013-14. The Coyotes sent Klesla to Washington on Tuesday in exchange for Martin Erat. He didn't end up playing in a game with the Capitals before he was dealt again.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 04:07:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla was traded to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night in exchange for Martin Erat.

Klesla has four points and is a minus three in 25 games this season in Phoenix. The 31 year-old former fourth overall pick will join his third team over the course of his 13 year career.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla went unclaimed on waivers.

Phoenix will send Klesla to the minors as a result. He has a goal and four points in 25 games with the Coyotes in 2013-14.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla has been placed on waivers by Phoenix.

In 25 games this season, Klesla has four points, 24 penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 01:02:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla has been recalled by Phoenix.

In 15 games with the Coyotes this season, he has three points and 10 penalty minutes. Klesla picked up two points in six games with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 01:09:00 PM

The Phoenix Coyotes have once again sent Rostislav Klesla to the minors.

Klesla cleared waivers on Wednesday and was subsequently sent to the minors. Phoenix recalled him on Friday, but that was apparently so he could attend to a personal matter.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 11:14:00 AM

On Tuesday, with the team unhappy with his play, Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla was placed on waivers.

On Wednesday, he cleared the waiver process and was assigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Maine, with the Coyotes calling up forward Chris Brown and defenseman Connor Murphy. On Friday, Klesla was back in a Coyotes uniform, recalled from the AHL as the team sent Brown back down, and practiced with the Coyotes. He never stepped foot in Portland. But Klesla’s stay won`t likely be a long one. The 31-year-old, who declined to speak with the media Friday, might find himself back in the AHL sooner than later. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Klesla was taking care of personal issues Friday and that the team expects to send him to Portland — this time, with Klesla actually stepping foot on a plane — again. "I think the plan is still for him to go down and play some games in Portland, and we’ll see where it goes from there," Tippett said.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Rostislav Klesla has been called up by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Just days after Klesla cleared waivers and was sent to the minors, the Coyotes have decided to give him another chance. He doesn't do enough offensively to warrant owning in standard leagues.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Rostislav Klesla has successfully cleared waivers.

No real surprise there given that Klesla is in the final season of a four-year/$11.9 million contract. If the Coyotes agree to retain part of his cap hit then they might find a taker, but for now Klesla will play in the minors.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla will be sent to the AHL if he clears waivers.

Klesla isn't likely to be claimed, given that it would make taking on what's left of the final campaign on his four-year/$11.9 million deal. Either way, he has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 05:58:00 PM

The Phoenix Coyotes have decided to waive Rostislav Klesla.

Klesla has three points and 10 penalty minutes in 15 games this season. He's not likely to get claimed as he's in the final season of a four-year/$11.9 million deal.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:31:00 PM

Rostislav Klesla is a healthy scratch for the Coyotes on Saturday night.

As Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic notes, Klesla played a team-high 36 shifts (24:11) in Phoenix's last game against the Blackhawks, but he was a minus-three. David Rundblad draws into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 6.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 07:55:00 PM

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