It appears that the NHL are not the only party fed up with the antics of Patrick Kaleta, his coach appears to be jumping on the same boat. Every Monday morning Ron Rolston joins the folks over at WGR550 to talk about the Buffalo Sabres. Today he was asked about the plans for Patrick Kaleta when he returns from suspension and his answer doesn’t exactly scream “welcome back”
When asked about Kaleta slating back into the line-up, Rolston offered up this;
“We have a lot of decisions coming down with guys coming back from injury. We’ll sit down as an organization and make a decision regarding what’s the best move going forward.” ~Ron Rolston
asked about whether Kaleta slates back into the line-up it doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement from the coach. From the sound of things it doesn’t seem like Rolston is too eager to get Kaleta back in the line-up and the team may be leaning towards letting him sit a little longer.
From the interview Rolston seemed to hint that he would rather have Corey Tropp back in the line-up over Kaleta. Tropp should be ready to go for Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks and Kaleta will be eligible to return that night.
Kaleta’s latest 10 game suspension is the 3rd time the rough winger has been handed a suspension by the league and Gary Bettman himself hinted that Kaleta has to change his approach to the game like Matt Cooke did. Oddly enough Cooke has actually offered to work with Kaleta to help him change his game.
When Kaleta is in the line-up doing what he’s asked he’s a solid asset for the Sabres. He kills penalties, blocks shots and doesn’t shy away from hits. He’s a great third line grinder when he’s playing between the lines. When he skates outside of the lines he’s a detriment to his team. The Sabres need to figure out a way to keep Kaleta between the lines so that he can play his game without throwing illegal hits.
To throw another wrench into the Kaleta plot, the Sabres have started to play better since both Patrick Kaleta and John Scott have been out of the line-up. They’re gelling more as a team and starting to gain chemistry. Their last three games have arguably been their most complete and exciting games of the season.
What do you think; How long will it take Patrick Kaleta to draw back into the Sabres line-up?