The activity (or lack thereof) at the trade deadline left a lot of players miffed.
But none were unhappier than defenseman Rostislav Klesla. He refused to report to the Buffalo Sabres, opting to go home instead of reporting to the team that acquired him at the trade deadline.
This action likely ended his NHL career.
“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."
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur wanted out of New Jersey and did not get his wish. Of course, he wasn’t willing to go to just any team – and that limited GM Lou Lamoriello’s ability to comply with his wish.
Ryan Kesler wanted out of the Vancouver Canucks, but GM Mike Gillis didn’t strike a deal. Perhaps the team’s ownership group nixed a couple of interesting offers on the table.