Rostislav Klesla D PHO 12 Days
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.
Rostislav Klesla D PHO 15 Days
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.
Rostislav Klesla D PHO 26 Days
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.