Sabres’ Berglund clears waivers; contract will be terminated

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are set to terminate the remaining three-and-a-half seasons of Patrik Berglund’s contract after the forward cleared 24-hour waivers.

The Sabres waived Berglund on Wednesday after suspending him for failing to report to the team for its road game at Washington on Saturday.

Berglund missed five games, including two last week when coach Phil Housley said the player was sidelined by an illness.

The Sabres have declined to discuss Berglund’s status since suspending him. The player’s agent, Peter Wallen, has not responding to numerous messages.

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Berglund stands to lose the $9.85 million owed him over the final three years of his contract, along with what’s left of the $4.7 million he’s still owed this year.

The Sabres benefit by having a $3.85 million annual salary cap hit removed from their books.

Buffalo acquired the 30-year-old player as part of a four-player trade that sent center Ryan O’Reilly to St. Louis in July.

Berglund spent his first 10 seasons with the Blues, where he had 168 goals and 322 points in 694 games. He had had two goals and two assists in 23 games with Buffalo.

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