The Washington Capitals have re-claimed former forward Axel Jonsson-Fjällby off waivers. The Buffalo Sabres placed Jonsson-Fjällby on waivers on Sunday. He will report to AHL Hershey.
#Caps claim forward Axel Jonsson Fjallby off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres and loan him to the Hershey Bears (AHL).
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 11, 2021
The Sabres announced on Sunday that they had waived former Washington Capitals forward 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.
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby won’t play today due to visa issues. Players acquired on waivers have to reapply for a visa and due to a slowdown, he doesn’t have his new one yet. John Hayden draws in.
— Heather Engel (@engelheather) October 9, 2021
“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