Rostislav Klesla will not be joining the Buffalo Sabres.
The 31-year-old defencemen was traded from the Washington Capitals alongside goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Sabres for goalie Jaroslav Halak and a third-round selection on Trade Deadline day.
Klesla was traded the day before from Phoenix to Washington.
"With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams,” Klesla said in a statement.
“I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family."
In 25 games with the Coyotes this season, Klesla had one goal and three assists with a minus-3 rating.
If this is the end of Klesla's time in the NHL, he'll have finished with 48 goals and 111 assists in 659 career games.