Sabres Re-sign Patrick Kaleta

Mar 7, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) during play against the Carolina Hurricanes at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

According to sabres.com writer Kevin Snow the Sabres have resigned forward Patrick Kaleta to a multi-year contract. Details are not yet available, but are expected in the near future. Kaleta tallied five goals and five assists in 63 games last season. He also led the team in penalty minutes with 116.

Kaleta was a restricted free agent this summer, and his future with the team has been speculated. The Buffalo native has played in parts of six seasons with the team serving as the main agitator. His best season came in 2009-2010 when he scored 15 points.

The Sabres have made moves to be harder to play against this season with the additions of Steve Ott and John Scott. Add in Kaleta and McCormick and the Sabres have a solid group of gritty players.

Kaleta being a local boy has always been a good story, and he has made himself at home on the Carubba Collision. Kaleta is a player that other teams hate to play against and is willing to do anything for the team. If you need a reminder of how much you can love Patrick Kaleta? How about his hit on Peter Prucha.

Of course Kaleta has had injury issues of late, which is why many have gotten down on him. In my eyes, the Sabres are better with Kaleta in the lineup. The Sabres just have to hope that he’ll be able to do that this season. Just think about the possibilities of a line with both Ott and Kaleta on it? Get ready for opposing teams to get very, very, agitated.

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