Forward, Patrick Berglund, 30 years-old, has been suspended for an indefinite amount of time by the Buffalo Sabres after he apparently didn't manage to report to the team.
According to CBC, the announcement was made on Sunday and it seems like it's going on indefinitely. It also occurred right before their game against the Washington Capitals. Alongside the announcement, the Buffalo Sabres said that there wouldn't be any comment or further information being provided at the moment. What this means is that there's some level of frustration on the entire team's side, especially since they now have a forward, that they pay, not doing his job.
Berglund missed the past two games. While it's not entirely known why this happened, it may have been an illness since the head coach, Phil Housley, seemed to have described it as such. According to the Times Colonist, he said: "From my knowledge talking to the medical staff, he was ill, so we handled it that way."
What might this mean forBerglund? Well, no one is sure just yet since it's still developing. However, this incident may not sit well with his record. He currently only has two goals and two assists within twenty-three games this season. Currently, he's got three years left on his contract with a salary cap of $3.85 million US.
There's also the reality that running off like this could be in breach of his contract. If that is the case, the Sabres do have the ability to void the deal without providing aid in the salary cap area of things. It really isn't a good sight to see if it goes down this road. There could be a possibility of him not having that guarantee of money, but all this really depends on what is written in the contract.
On top of all that, no one knows why he's not reporting to his team. Going AWOL can mean many things. Some people have speculated that this might be the cause of a mental illness but this cannot be confirmed. Hopefully, whatever his issue, it can be sorted out somehow.