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."
Brooks Laich is in the lineup for the Capitals against the Coyotes.
Laich has been nagged by a groin issue and had missed Thursday's game because of it. He didn't skate in the morning, but he's giving it a go Saturday night. It has not been a good year for Laich, who has 13 points in 48 games this season.
David Clarkson (leg) is out Saturday night against the Bruins.
Clarkson was forced to cut his morning skate short after pulling a leg muscle. Frazer McLaren draws into the lineup in Clarkson's spot.
John-Michael Liles will not play Saturday night at New Jersey due to an upper-body injury.
Liles sustained the injury in Carolina's loss against the Rangers on Friday night. Mike Komisarek will play in his place.
Anton Khudobin is getting the start between the pipes for Carolina against the Devils.
Eight points out of a wild-card spot, the Hurricanes need to start the goalie who gives them the best chance to win. Right now that's Khudobin even on a back-to-back. He has a 2.19 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
Steve Downie (flu) will miss Saturday night's game.
Jay Rosehill will replace him in the lineup against the Maple Leafs. Downie has been a valuable fantasy player with four goals, 24 points and 102 penalty minutes this season.
Ales Hemsky dished out four assists in the Senators' 5-3 win over the Jets on Saturday evening.
When Hemsky is at his best, he is creating offense, lighting the lamp at a good pace but setting up even more. The problem, of course, is he tends to disappear too frequently. Thus far, he has six points with Ottawa in three games. He has nine goals and 30 points on the season. Milan Michalek and Mike Hoffman each scored and assisted, while Eric Gryba, Kyle Turris and Jared Cowen potted the other goals. Jason Spezza had four helpers.
Craig Anderson set aside 46 shots in the Senators' 5-3 win over the Jets on Saturday evening.
Anderson was by far the busiest netminder in this one, but he was more than up to the task. The Senators could use more performances like this to keep their playoff hopes alive. Anderson has a 3.08 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.