Prior to Friday's practice at First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres announced they had claimed forward Zenon Konopka off waivers.
Konopka (1/2/81, 6'0", 213 lbs), who was waived by the Minnesota Wild yesterday, has played in 36 games with Minnesota in 2013-14, recording two points (1+1) and 55 penalty minutes. Konopka was also 157-82 (65.7%) in 239 faceoffs taken with the Wild this season. In Konopka's three previous seasons, he posted a 58.7 faceoff percentage (1,014-712) in 1,726 total draws.
He joined the Wild prior to the 2012-13 season when he signed with the team as a free agent in July 2012.
Prior to the Wild, Konopka played for the Ottawa Senators (2011-12), New York Islanders (2010-11), Tampa Bay Lightning (2008-09 – 2010-11), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-07 – 2007-08) and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005-06). He has notched 29 points (12+17) through 323 career games in the NHL.
A native of nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Konopka began his NHL career after stints in the American Hockey League, the ECHL and the Ontario Hockey League.
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