Oct 10, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) and Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) fight during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Place Patrick Kaleta on Waivers

Well, one thing you cannot say about the Buffalo Sabres: they sure don’t take the weekends off.

Almost a week after stunning the hockey world by announcing on Sunday that they had traded Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres have placed fan-favorite Patrick Kaleta on waivers, immediately on the heels of his serving a 10-game suspension.

Let’s hear the Sabres’ rationale from General Manager Darcy Regier himself:

 

 Obviously, the Sabres don’t believe Kaleta is capable of changing his style of play while he is wearing the blue and gold, and that his game no longer has a place within the organization.  I know we have had this debate here at Sabre Noise many times before, with tons of fans arguing that he is a necessary evil and that his absence will make it open season for Sabres’ rookies.  I can’t imagine the fans who have been Tweeting #dosomething darcy had this in mind! Is there a chance that the Sabres wish to keep Kaleta in their system?  Again, back to Twitter!  

 

 

 I admit: as someone who has argued that the Sabres should move Kaleta, I am surprised they decided to head in this direction.  Clearly, they don’t feel they can get any value by moving him in a trade, or maybe they hope he will clear waivers and be humbled by this move.  Perhaps this is the Sabres’ version of tough love, with the hopes that it will wake Kaleta up and give him the incentive he needs to change his game.  Let me hear what YOU think, Sabre Noise fans!

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