Rostislav Klesla is probably the most traveled hockey player in a week’s span in NHL history. Klesla was waived on Tuesday and then on Wednesday he was assigned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL.
He would never play a single minute in the AHL as the Phoenix Coyotes announced today that they have recalled him and sent down forward Chris Brown.
Rostislav Klesla missed the first three games of the season with a concussion that he suffered in the preseason. So far this season, the 31-year-old has a goal and two assists. But the Coyotes need the defenseman to play better as they are currently fourth in the competitive Pacific division.
The Coyotes next play tomorrow night against the tough Chicago Blackhawks at the Jobing.com Arena. They will need him as the Blackhawks are currently 18-4-4 with 40 points on the season.
Finally, Klesla can help the Coyotes in goals against and penalty kill percentage as they are 24th and 27th respectively in those categories. If the Coyotes want to make it to the playoffs, the defense must get better in front of goaltender Mike Smith.