Buffalo Sabres Waive Former Washington Capitals Forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Due To Visa Issues

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.”

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

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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11 Responses to Buffalo Sabres Waive Former Washington Capitals Forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Due To Visa Issues

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s ridiculous. I wonder if he is only allowed to work in DC area. What a brilliant move if Caps knew that.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a 💩 show. Poor Axel.

  3. Novafyre says:

    Should have a P-1 but might have come in on an H-2 or even an H-1. Hopefully not a B-1 or B-2. It could be that his expired. These usually can be adjudicated and adjusted in the US without having to leave. Not unusual for someone to be here on the wrong visa but the teams (Caps and Sabres) should have been on that.

    Athletes under contract with the NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS and NFL need only establish that they have a major league contract to qualify for a P-1 visa. minor league contract typically are issued an H-2B visa but only for the duration of the season, up to a maximum of one year.

    All visas would allow him to go anywhere in the US.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Thanks NoVa Fyre, I was wondering what the parameters might be. I wonder if he is eligible to play in DC, and nowhere else, or if this issue would still be an issue if he stayed in DC.it’s a shame, because it sounds like he was going to start for Buffalo.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The only thing I could find on the visa issue is from here…


    “When a player is traded, his visa carries over to his new club. However, a player must reapply for a visa if he is claimed via waivers.”

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  6. Mark Eiben says:

    Hope Bmac claims him for Hershey. He will have a shot to make the Caps next year and in years going forward.

  7. Jon Sorensen says:

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