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That was fast: Coyotes recall Klesla three days after waiving him

Nov 29, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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And just like that, Rostislav Klesla is back in Phoenix.

Klesla, waived on Tuesday and demoted to AHL Portland on Wednesday, has been recalled by the Coyotes without having played a single American League game, the club announced.

Forward Chris Brown was sent to the Pirates to clear a roster spot.

It’s unclear exactly what caused Phoenix’s change of heart. Klesla, a former first-round pick (fourth overall, 2000 NHL Entry Draft) has been plagued by injuries this season — missing four games to a lower-body injury and three to a concussion suffered on a hit during a preseason game by L.A.’s Jordan Nolan — and was supposed to use the demotion as a chance to play big minutes, according to head coach Dave Tippett.

“He goes down and can get his game going,” Tippett told the Arizona Republic. “He came into camp in pretty good shape and got hurt, missed some time, came back and starting playing, got hurt again and missed some time.

“Hopefully this is an opportunity for him to go down and play a lot of minutes and see if he can get his game back in order and if that’s the case, he can be a helpful player on our team. But we just need him to be playing at a higher level.”

As mentioned, Klesla didn’t play a single second for Portland, making this situation all the more odd. There is some speculation a trade might be in the works (see here and here), but any team wanting to acquire Klesla could’ve done so by claiming him off waivers.

Klesla is in the final year of a four-year, $11.9 million deal originally signed with Columbus (he was acquired via trade in 2011.) The Czech rearguard has appeared in 15 games for the Coyotes this season, scoring three points while averaging 15:42 TOI per game.

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    The only thing you’d think of then is a team that wanted him was too close to the 50 contract limit or wanted to be able to move a minor contract to keep from getting to close. As the second tweet suggests, perhaps it’s a similarly priced contract coming back for cap reasons as well.

  2. thailer35 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I think the goal was for someone to pick him up. The new owners have a salary cap limit that they are nearly at, and would like a little extra room to make a deal, at least that’s what Maloney made it seem like in an interview I heard.

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