The Buffalo Sabres announced this morning that they’ve placed Patrik Berglund on unconditional waivers for the purposes of terminating the contract.
Berglund had been suspended since Saturday when he failed to show up for the team flight to D.C. on Friday. The disgruntled forward made it known that he no longer wanted to play in Buffalo and the Sabres have now obliged to his request prior to the roster freeze going into effect tonight.
The 30-year-old forward had three years at a $3.85 million cap hit remaining on his deal. When the contract is terminated, that cap hit will come off the Sabres salary cap with no repercussions.
Berglund’s short Sabres career will end with 23 games played, two goals, and four points. He’ll now become an unrestricted free agent and determine where he wants to continue playing his hockey career.
Along with opening cap space; this move opens up a roster spot at forward. We’ll see if the Sabres look to bring a player up from the AHL. Especially if Jason Pominville is going to miss time after his bad collision with Rasmus Ristolainen last night,