The Phoenix Coyotes decided to bury Rostislav Klesla in the AHL following several rough outings for the veteran defenseman. He cleared waivers on November 27 and it was assumed that he’d be spending a stretch of time with the Portland Pirates. Yet the Coyotes recalled him two days later in a move that can only be characterized as random.
Why would the team bring Klesla back so quickly with no injured players moving out of the lineup?
The sudden recall of Klesla by Coyotes after clearing waivers smells of a trade. His $2.97 mil out, another contract coming in.#oilers
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) November 29, 2013
Cue the trade rumors. While it’s just speculation at this juncture, it’s tough to make anything else of Phoenix’s maneuvering here. Who got their attention with a trade offer though? Or at least, who started the conversation that caused the Coyotes to reverse on a move that they’d seemed very sure about 48 hours prior?
They had to demote promising young forward Chris Brown in order to make room for Klesla. Again, no one was injured and no one seems to be ill or anything along those lines. If Phoenix wanted to send Klesla back down to the minors, he’d have to clear waivers again, and there’s always a chance of losing an asset for nothing.
The first team that obviously comes to mind is the Edmonton Oilers, who are still looking for help on the blue line. Where there’s this much smoke, there’s bound to be fire and it’ll be interesting to see where the defenseman ends up (if he ends up getting moved at all) in the coming days and weeks.