BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Patrik Berglund's brief run with the Buffalo Sabres has come to an end.
On Wedenesday, the team announced Berglund has been placed on waivers, with the intent to terminate his contract. Berglund was suspended indefinitely by the Sabres last week for undisclosed reasons.
Berglund, 30, was acquired as part of the Ryan O'Reilly with the St. Louis Blues in the offseason. In 23 games played this season, Berglund scored two goals and added two assists.
If the Sabres can in fact terminate Berglund's contract like they intend to, this is a huge win for GM Jason Botterill. Like many, I thought adding Berglund in the offseason would provide the Sabres with some desperately needed depth and secondary scoring. But it clearly never worked out and I'm sure both sides were frustrated.
At 30-years-old, Berglund had lost a step, making his contract look even worse than it did when he was acquired by the Sabres [$3.85 million for the next three seasons]. Getting Berglund's money off the books gives the Sabres more wiggle room to offer a new contract to Jeff Skinner or perhaps make a trade in the next few months as the Sabres gear up for a playoff push. However the money is spent, this makes the already impressive haul for O'Reilly trade look even better.