The Buffalo Sabres announced on Sunday that they have waived former Washington Capitals forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. Buffalo claimed Jonsson-Fjallby off waivers from the Capitals on Monday, but visa issues prevented him from playing in any preseason games for the Sabres.
He was a late scratch in Saturday’s preseason finale after participating in warmups.
“It’s tough on him, first,” Sabres coach Don Granato said after the Sabres’ 3-1 win over Detroit. “He comes to a team, he thinks he has a chance. We had him penciled in the first game (on Tuesday) and then tonight, it was after warmups, and we just had to pull the plug on it. So, yeah, that’s a tough one for him. It’s unfortunate. The situation and circumstances were out of our control. In that sense, they dictated the situation.”
The Sabres have placed forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on waivers.
Tough break for both him and the team. Never got to show what he could do on the ice because of visa delay. Sabres apparently didn’t want to keep an unknown over guys who have played.
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) October 10, 2021
Fjallby, 23, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2016. He tallied 15 points (10+5) in 31 games with AHL Hershey last season. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals on May 1, 2018, for $860,000 AAV and received a two-year extension on June 7, 2021.
By Jon Sorensen