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16 Rostislav Klesla D
Height/Weight: 6-3/223 | Birthdate: 3/21/1982 | Birthplace: Novy Jicin, Czechoslovakia | Team: Arizona Coyotes | College: None | NHL Experience: 12 | Salary: $2,975,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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4/6/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Sabres' Klesla Clears Waivers

News: Rostislav Klesla (suspension) cleared unconditional waivers, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla wants to play in Europe, and he'll apparently get his wish. His play declined the last few seasons, so his desire to play elsewhere might have something to do with job security.

4/4/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Sabres Placed Klesla On Waivers

News: Rostislav Klesla (suspension) has been placed on unconditional waivers, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla has been on the suspended list since failing to report to AHL Rochester after being traded to the Sabres in early March, but the Sabres finally decided to renounce his rights. Klesla has made it clear that he wants to play in Europe, so it remains to be seen if another team will put in a waiver claim for him.

3/9/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Sabres Suspend Klesla

News: Rostislav Klesla, acquired by the Sabres in a deadline-day deal, has been suspended by the team for failing to report to AHL Rochester, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla seems intent on finishing his career in Europe, but it looks like the Sabres aren't going to just roll over even though the veteran was a throw-in with the Michal Neuvirth-Jaroslav Halak deal. The Sabres went through this earlier this season when youngster Mikhail Grigorenko didn't want to report back to juniors, but Grigorenko eventually relented. We'll see what happens in Klesla's case.

3/8/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Sabres' Klesla Done With NHL

News: Rostislav Klesla will not report the Sabres' AHL affiliate and plans to continue his career in Europe, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: As previously speculated, Rostislav Klesla's announcement that he has retired from the NHL is no surprise. The 659-game veteran has actually enjoyed quite a lengthy career in the NHL, but his play over the past two years has nose-dived. The Czech defenseman is the second foreign-born player to leave Buffao for the European leagues after Sweden's Linus Omark. The next move will be placing Klesla on $125 waivers to terminate his contract, which he will certainly agree to. The Sabres get rid of out of a contract they had no intention of extending, and the key piece in that deal was Michal Neuvirth.

3/7/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Sabres' Klesla Has Not Reported To AHL

News: Rostislav Klesla was assigned to the AHL following a trade from Washington, but he has yet to report for duty, reports The Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: This is the second time that's happened this season - earlier in the year, Swedish forward Linus Omark refused to report to Rochester and signed a contract with Lulea HF in the Swedish Hockey League. It's too early to speculate where Rostislav Klesla is right now and why he hasn't reported to Rochester, but the 31-year-old defenseman wasn't happy with his demotion to the AHL earlier in the year. The 659-game veteran has likely seen the last of his NHL days. There is little incentive to play in the AHL or for Buffalo when there are more lucrative offers in Europe, where he can also play closer to home. Stay tuned.

3/5/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Sabres' Klesla To Report To AHL

News: Rostislav Klesla will report to AHL Rochester, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The 31-year-old was essentially a throw-in piece with Michal Neuvirth in Wednesday's trade that sent Jaroslav Halak to the Capitals. Rostislav Klesla likely doesn't have much of a future with the Sabres and will mostly function as organizational depth. His play has fallen off since leaving Columbus, and he never quite fit in Phoenix. He has an uphill climb to play on the Sabres, with the team likely opting for a younger lineup most nights.

3/5/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Klesla Headed To Buffalo

News: The Sabres have traded Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick in 2015 to the Capitals for Rostislav Klesla and Michal Neuvirth, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla notched four points in 25 games with the Coyotes before being sent to the Caps on Tuesday. Before he could play a game in a Washington uniform though, he was sent the Sabres, where he'll provide the team with blue line depth in the final year of his current contract.

3/4/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Klesla Dealt To Capitals In Four-Player Trade

News: Rostislav Klesla was traded to the Capitals on Tuesday along with prospect Chris Brown and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Martin Erat and John Mitchell.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla has bounced between the Coyotes and AHL Portland throughout the season and will mostly function as organizational depth for his new club. Though he'll report to AHL Hershey, the 31-year-old Klesla is not considered a prospect.

1/18/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Sent To AHL

News: Rostislav Klesla, who was waived the second time this season on Thursday, has cleared waivers and will report to AHL Portland.
Analysis: The veteran's game has not been up to par this season, and although his stay in Portland was short last time due to injuries on the Coyotes, it is not clear how long he will be down this time around.

1/16/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Waive Kleska

News: Kleska was placed on waivers Thursday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: It's the second time this season that Rostislav Klesla has been waived. If he clear waivers again and is assigned to AHL Portland, that would allow the Coyotes to activate Zbynek Michalek from injured reserve and use him in Thursday's game vs. the Canucks.

1/2/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Activate Klesla

News: Rostislav Klesla (illness) was activated from injured reserve Thursday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: The defenseman will be available for Thursday's contest against the Blue Jackets after a three-game hiatus. Rostislav Klesla has just four points in 18 games this season, but he's a dependable protector in front of goalie Mike Smith.

1/1/2014

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Blues' Klesla Practices Wednesday

News: Rostislav Klesla (illness) was one the ice at Wednesday's practice, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: After missing the past three games, Rostislav Klesla appears to be honing in on a return. He will likely be back either Thursday against Columbus or Saturday against Philadelphia.

12/31/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Not Ready To Return Yet

News: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett has ruled Rostislav Klesla (illness) out for Tuesday's game against the Oilers.
Analysis: Though Tippett reported that the blueliner was progressing well, Rostislav Klesla will miss his third consecutive game with the illness. Look for him to return to action Thursday against Columbus or Saturday against Philadelphia.

12/28/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Place Klesla On IR With Illness

News: Updating a previous story, Rostislav Klesla was placed on IR by the Coyotes due to his illness. No timetable has been given for his return to the lineup.
Analysis: This may simply be a procedural move by Phoenix, who needed to bring David Schlemko off of IR to fill in for Rostislav Klesla, but it is new information so keep an eye on his status.

12/27/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Out Friday With Illness

News: Rostislav Klesla (illness) will not play Friday against the Sharks.
Analysis: With Rostislav Klesla not feeling well, the Coyotes will bring back David Schlemko from injured reserve and use him in Friday's lineup. It certainly seems possible Klesla might not be fully recovered to give it a go Saturday against Anaheim, but he hasn't been ruled out for that game as of yet.

12/20/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Has Assist In Return

News: Rostislav Klesla picked up an assist in his return to the Coyotes from AHL Portland on Thursday in a loss to the Leafs.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla had missed the Coyotes' previous nine games while in the AHL. With Zbynek Michalek's injury expected to keep him out for an indefinite period of time he has a chance to earn his way back into the Coyotes' plans.

12/19/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Recall Klesla

News: Rostislav Klesla was recalled from AHL Portland on Thursday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: After it was announced Thursday that Zbynek Michalek would be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, Rostislav Klesla was quickly summoned to provide depth on the blue line. Klesla will likely be a healthy scratch most nights for the Coyotes.

12/2/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Assign Klesla To AHL Portland

News: The Coyotes assigned Rostislav Klesla to AHL Portland on Monday.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla was assigned to Portland last week only to be recalled a couple days later, but it appears the Coyotes will revert to their original plan of having him spend some time in the minors. Klesla has had a trying season and has cleared waivers twice in the last week, so it remains to be seen what his next step will be.

11/29/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Recall Klesla

News: Rostislav Klesla was recalled from AHL Portland on Friday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla was away from the team for just a couple of days after he cleared waivers and was assigned to Portland earlier in the week. He'll function as defensive depth for the Coyotes but isn't expected to be a fixture in the lineup in future games.

11/27/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Clears Waivers

News: Rostislav Klesla cleared waivers Wednesday, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.
Analysis: After all 29 other teams elected to pass on adding Rostislav Klesla to their active roster, the defenseman will stay in the Coyotes organization. He'll likely be ticketed for AHL Portland but should be a top callup candidate when the Coyotes are in need of extra blue line help.

11/26/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Placed On Waivers

News: Rostislav Klesla was placed on waivers by the Coyotes on Tuesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla has recently been a healthy scratch for the Coyotes and has totaled only one goal and two assists this season. He could draw interest on waivers from another club that needs veteran help on defense.

11/19/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Skips Practice For Personal Issue

News: Rostislav Klesla missed Tuesday's practice to attend to a personal matter, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Coach Dave Tippett indicated that Rostislav Klesla would be back to skate with the team Wednesday. He's in no danger of missing Thursday's game against the Avalanche.

11/17/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes' Klesla Healthy Scratched Saturday

News: Rostislav Klesla was a healthy scratch against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla was minus-3 Thursday against Chicago and logged a team-high 36 shifts, so this was likely just an opportunity for the veteran defenseman to clear his head. The 31-year-old is seeing about a minute less of ice time per game this season compared to last year, however, which can be attributed in part to the progress of the Coyotes' young defensemen.

11/6/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes To Activate Klesla From IR

News: Rostislav Klesla (lower body) will be activated from IR and play Tuesday vs. the Canucks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: The Coyotes expected all along that Rostislav Klesla would be back in action this week, and the defenseman confirmed as much after making it through morning skate without any issues. The Coyotes haven't officially announced who would be sent down to the minors to make room for Klesla's return, but it looks like it could be forward Andy Miele, who was absent from the morning session.

11/3/2013

Rostislav Klesla, D, ARI

Rostislav Klesla

Coyotes Expect Klesla Back Next Week

News: Rostislav Klesla (lower body) is expected to return next week, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Rostislav Klesla resumed practicing with the team Wednesday but the coaching staff wanted him to get a few more sessions in before returning from IR. Tuesday's contest against the Canucks seems to be a more realistic date for his return.