The Buffalo Sabres have put an end to the situation revolving around Patrik Berglund. The team today placed Berglund on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. Berglund is currently suspended by the team for failing to report. Terminating the contract will completely remove Berglund’s remaining $3.85MM cap hit and average salary, which was meant to continue through 2021-22. He will be an unrestricted free agent.
Assuming that the contract termination is of the mutually agreed upon variety—opposed to the breach of contract kind that ended Jake Dotchin’s Tampa Bay career—Berglund is walking away from more than $12MM in order to leave the Sabres. In recent days, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that Berglund failed to submit his partial no-trade clause in time to block a deal to Buffalo in the first place, when he was included in a trade that saw Ryan O’Reilly go to the St. Louis Blues. The veteran forward was also apparently frustrated with his role on the team and being scratched multiple times in the early part of the season.