Klesla recalled by Coyotes after demotion

The Associated Press
Klesla recalled by Coyotes after demotion
Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, left, gets tripped by Phoenix Coyotes' Rostislav Klesla (16), of Czech Republic, as Ducks' Dustin Penner (17) skates past during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled defenseman Rostislav Klesla from Portland of the AHL, three days after placing him on waivers.

Forward Chris Brown was assigned to Portland in a corresponding move.

Once one of Phoenix's top blue liners, Klesla was waived Tuesday after struggling to start the season. No team claimed the 31-year-old and he was assigned to Portland, but did not play for the Pirates.

Klesla missed the first three games of the season because of a preseason concussion. He had a goal and two assists in 15 games.

He appeared in 65 games in 2011-12, when the Coyotes reached the Western Conference finals for the first time. He played 38 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, scoring two goals with six assists.