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Klesla says he won't report to Sabres after trade

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TSN.ca Staff
3/8/2014 7:30:40 PM
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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.

“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."

In 25 games with the Coyotes this season, Klesla had one goal and three assists with a minus-3 rating.

If this is the end of Klesla's time in the NHL, he'll have finished with 48 goals and 111 assists in 659 career games.

Rostislav Klesla (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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