For the first time since leaving the team, former Sabres center Patrik Berglund opened up about his abrupt departure from the team.
“It’s a cliche but money doesn’t make you happy. I’ll give it all up any time just to feel good inside,” Berglund said in an interview with his hometown newspaper in Sweden.
“I want to say that I’m really sorry about leaving and letting Buffalo down as a team. The players were wonderful and I wish the players and the organization nothing but the best in the future. The have not done anything wrong.”
Berglund was acquired by the Sabres over the summer in a trade that landed the center in Buffalo and sent Ryan O’Reilly to St. Louis. He was suspended by the team in late December after failing to report for their road trip to Washington and Boston.
The Sabres placed him on waivers with intent to terminate his contract on Dec. 20.
In his interview, the 30-year-old added he will not play hockey this season but instead with focus on his health and said he’s “in the process of healing.”
“This season is completely done. There won’t be any more hockey for me this season. Right now I need a lot of help and a chance to get away from hockey.”
“Personally, Patrik is a terrific guy,” head coach Phil Housley said ahead of Buffalo’s game in Vancouver on Friday.
“He meant well. He was a team player, a great teammate and just an unfortunate incident that to occurred. I wish him nothing but the best. All these situations can work out different. It’s unfortunate we had to let Patrick go. Jason and management handled that correctly. I just wish him nothing but the best. At the same time, we have to focus on the guys in the locker room.”