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George McPhee was active at the trade deadline, making big moves to send Martin Erat packing and bring in goalie Jaroslav Halak. Both of those trades involved Rostitav Klesla, a defenseman formerly of Phoenix.

Klesla, who was waived and cleared back in November, was an add-in in both transactions, but considered a marquee asset in neither.

Now that Klesla has landed in Buffalo, we can see why. According to a report by Darren Dreger, Klesla and his $3 million cap hit have decided to take the rest of the season off.

“With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season,” Klesa was quoted as saying by Dreger.

So nice going, GMGM.

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  • William

    I’m fairly sure there was no respect given to the Sabre’s Organization here.

  • BPThomas
  • Seth Winship

    Shouldn’t feel obligated to show respect for the Sabres, especially since GMGM has no respect for him apparently.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Smart man

  • Paul Davey

    Glad to see the quitter show his true colors right away. He couldn’t handle Nolan’s son and surely couldn’t handle Nolan’s demand for accountability….assuming he would ever get called back to the NHL.

  • Sandra Dee Lee

    What the hell is that future-nightmare-worthy gif from?

  • riggorules

    Where’s the guy on here who went nuts when the Caps traded this valuable asset?

  • RESmith

    To be fair, it is not the Sabres he is refusing to play for, it’s the Rochester Americans. Wherever he went, he was going to be buried ala Wade Redden’s time with the Rangers. Give him props for recognizing the writing on the wall. The only chance he had to play in the NHL this year was if the parent team had a whole rash of injuries on their blue line.

  • BPThomas

    the matrix, you should watch it 🙂

  • Seriously, ma’am, have you not seen the Matrix? This is important. Do it now. First priority.

    1. See The Matrix.
    2. Set your clocks back.
    3. Check your smoke alarms.

  • Sandra Dee Lee

    I’ve only done 2 & 3. He’ll always be Bill and/or Ted and Constantine to me.