Sabres claim ex-Steelheads player off waivers from Wild

STATESMAN STAFFJanuary 4, 2014 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New Buffalo enforcer Zenon Konopka, a standout player on Idaho’s 2004 ECHL Kelly Cup championship team, is a 33-year forward who has played for six previous NHL teams: Minnesota, Anaheim, Columbus, Tampa Bay, Ottawa and the New York Islanders. He signed with Minnesota in July 2012. Konopka was put on waivers Thursday after playing in 36 games and claimed Friday. He has a goal, an assist and 55 penalty minutes. Konopka, who has 29 points in 323 career NHL games, is from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, less than 40 miles from Buffalo.

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