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Phoenix Coyotes Recall Rostislav Klesla

Chris Brown sent back to AHL to clear roster spot.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled defenseman Rostislav Klesla days after he was placed on and cleared waivers.

Since Klesla went unclaimed, he was assigned to the Portland Pirates but the Coyotes still had to pay his salary. If Phoenix has to pay his salary anyway, it appears they would rather do it with the option to use him at the NHL level.

Klesla returned to the Valley with the team to have Thanksgiving with his family. Since he never left town, he is easily available for Saturday's home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Playing in 15 of the team's 25 games, Klesla recorded a goal and three points while averaging around two hits and one block per game.

Klesla is in the final year of a four-year, $11.9 million contract he signed in Columbus (he's due to make $2.975 million this season).