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What Waiving Patrick Kaleta Means For the Buffalo Sabres


In case you missed the news from this morning the Buffalo Sabres waived Patrick Kaleta after his 10 game suspension and are sending him down to the Rochester Americans so that “he can find his game.” What kind of message does waiving Patrick Kaleta send to the rest of the Sabres locker room?

First off the Buffalo Sabres had to make a roster move today with both Kaleta and Cory Tropp ready to return to the line-up they had

too many players with the Sabres. Somebody had to go and that somebody became Kaleta. Kaleta is the easy person to move down right now, coming off a controversial 10 game suspension, a failed appeal for the suspension and a tarnished view from the league. While Kaleta can sometimes lose track of the line and cross the line, waiving Kaleta sends the wrong message to the rest of the team.

Last week I wrote about the how the Sabres are portrayed as a dirty team throughout the NHL and waiving Kaleta is simply an attempt for the Sabres to save face in the hockey world. If this isn’t a PR move by Darcy Regier to buy some love from the league by waiving Kaleta, then I don’t know what is. Having Kaleta play has become detrimental to the Sabres in the eye of the league and by waiving Kaleta it helps give the impression that Sabres won’t support that kind of hockey anymore.

Kaleta has gone from being one of the most useful 3rd/4th line role players for the Sabres to a guy who needs to re-learn how to play in the NHL (Darcy Regier‘s words). The Sabres have gone from standing up and praising Kaleta’s style of hard-hitting hockey to throwing him to the wolves as the scapegoat for the Sabres.

While Patrick Kaleta didn’t contribute much on the scoreboard one could argue that he was the heart and soul of the Buffalo Sabres. He never ever took a shift off on the ice. He was always hitting, blocking shots, killing penalties and standing up for his teammates. Name one player (aside from maybe Steve Ott) who worked half as hard as Patrick Kaleta on the roster? He plays with heart and gives it his all every single night, there’s not many other players like that in the Sabres organization where are the Sabres’ rookies supposed to learn that kind of passion from, Drew Stafford?

With Kaleta waived one has to think once John Scott finishes his suspension, he too will be on his way to Rochester as Regier attempts to clean up the Sabres image and roll with Corey Tropp and Steve Ott as the tough guys. What does this mean going forward for the Buffalo Sabres? How do you feel about Kaleta being waived and who’s next?

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  • tim

    Terry P. needs to wake the hell up, Darcy has destroyed your team, now he is working on doing the same to your fanbase.

    • dave

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that bad time to be a fan

    • chas territo

      Terry might be dead! Or a zombie! or some kind of undead like in horror stories. Otherwise can anyone understand just how little terry’s hand is on our team?

    • BryanD

      Terry couldn’t give a rats a** about this team. It’s just a stock in his portfolio just like Bandits, The Americans, Pegula Ice centre at Penn state, Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex at Houghton Collage, The Harborcenter. I always remember this statement he said when he bought the team and I quote “I didn’t buy this team to make money…..If I wanted to make money I’d drill another oilwell”. On paper he’s the owner THATS ALL

  • chas territo

    I think waiving Kaleta is good for the team, not the league. We have a team filled with young players who need to be shown the way to play in the NHL! Kaleta’s style is good if he stays in line. when he goes out and does the dumb and stupid shit that got him suspended it is not NHL hockey, it’s bush league hockey. If they kept him, the younger player could’ve seen it as being ok to go out and hurt someone, get punished by the league and come back and play like that again! I love Kaleta and would rather have him on the team than not. He crossed that line, now he got paid for it!

    • tim

      I completely disagree, first his style of play is something you don’t teach you either play with total disregard for your own body, as Patty does or you don’t. Some players bang some are scorers, everyone has a role. Kaleta embraced his role, the biggest example he set for the young players is you never take a shift off, work hard. I would much rather rookies watch the effort he put forth than to watch Stafford float and generally not give a crap, as they see from Stafford on a night in and night out basis. I get it that he needs to change his game a little, ala Matt Cooke, but Cooke hasn’t lost his desire, he hasn’t stopped hitting, he is just more careful when the opposing player is vulnarble, which in some cases a player put himself in. That being said, there is definitely a spot on our roster for a player with with skill set.

      • chas territo

        Tim, Good reply, but, Kaleta knew, was warned by the league his antics were no longer being accepted. Since, his 1st suspension, he knew what he should do to be in the league. Then he comes back and does worse! I can’t accept his play in view of what he’s done because he KNEW what the outcome would be. Was he taunting the league office, it sure looked like it to me. Or is he just that stupid? He wont be picked up by anyone else and will come back to the Sabers! Then the lesson may be learned. At least I hope so because I, DO think he sees the writing on the wall, he can be suspended for life. The league is watching head hits very seriously not like in the past. Kaleta is an example they will use, a scapegoat, if you will for new head injury league. He must know that or bye-bye, Pattie, we knew ye well….

        • Justin Tosczak

          If you just do not like Kaleta, then say that. Do not try to justify what your saying against him with pitiful logic.

          Because he had been suspended before does not mean he is going to stop hitting. Or try to become a goal scorer over night.

          He is intense, an makes mistakes. However, his work ethic and passion are invaluable to a team. especially a young team.

          I truly believe your non stop comments about the same points are tiring and wrong. If you come up with good, valid points on why Kaleta should not play. feel free to discuss, but make sure you know what your talking about before you say anything.

          • chas territo

            I’m not gonna defend my words, too many times people come at me because they read, bot don’t get what they read! I’m adding 1 of my comments, hopefully you will get it understood.

            I think waiving Kaleta is good for the team, not the league. We have a team filled with young players who need to be shown the way to play in the NHL! Kaleta’s style is good if he stays in line. when he goes out and does the dumb and stupid shit that got him suspended it is not NHL hockey, it’s bush league hockey. If they kept him, the younger player could’ve seen it as being ok to go out and hurt someone, get punished by the league and come back and play like that again! I love Kaleta and would rather have him on the team than not. He crossed that line, now he got paid for it!

  • davidmuscalo

    This move does not surprise me. Although, I thought Rolston would just sit him out for a while. I guess Regier decided that that action would tie up a roster spot so the best thing to do is send Kaleta to hope he clears waivers and then send him to Rochester.

    I think the Bettman and Shabbyhan have targeted Kaleta, and it really doesn’t matter how he changes his game, they are out to get him.

    As for helping or hurting the team, Regier has seen to it that there is nothing that can be done to save this team.

  • Denis MacDougall

    Let’s face the truth. Pat has become a liability lately with his bone head hits at all the wrong times. The hit that led to his suspension killed a Sabres rally when they were surging late in the game. He needs to take a lesson from Matt Cooke and earning his way back to the Sabres. Clean up your act, Pat.

  • acpilkin

    There is no player that cares more about his team than Patrick Kaleta. You think he wants to his someone in the head and be suspended? You think he tries to deal questionable hits? If you answered yes to either of those questions, I feel like you need to learn who Patrick Kaleta is. Is he is a third line player? No. He is a fourth line winger who rallies his team and the crowd around him. I love the people who insinuate that he TRIES to his others in the head. It’s a game of speed and things happen when you’re job is to hit people. You don’t see Kaleta pulling a Chris Neil and sticking his elbow out to hit a guy in the open ice late. Or using his stick as a weapon against another player. Or cross-checking players into the boards. Oh wait, that last one happened. But I can guarantee that if Brad Richards had done the exact same thing to any of the Sabres it would’t have even been reviewed. Gotta love the bias in the NHL.

    Get rid of Drew Stafford and Ville Leino as soon as possible. That would be a step in the right direction. I would love to know why the two of them are still on the Sabres, let alone in the NHL. Not only do the two of them have hockey skills that seem to rival Kaleta, they look like they just don’t care. I don’t understand how they can keep roster spots while Kaleta doesn’t get one. It seriously boggles me mind.

    I swear, if another team picks up Kaleta I’m going to throw a fit, as if I didn’t already do that.

    • chas territo

      Oh, so we should over look the hit because he did not mean IT? That’s lame and enabling! He knew refs and league officials had him under the microscope, right? Why should we give him a pass because he says he did not mean it? WAH WAH WAH! Being aware, then doing it again is selfish, careless and hurts the team! So, how the fuck is he a team player?

      • acpilkin

        Did you even look at the hit…? Calm down. This isn’t life or death.

        • chas territo

          At what point is a hit ok? NONE! He was warned, knew he was being the scapegoat, the poster boy, aw hell, whatever, he KNEW he was on thin ice, then to do what he knew not to do, you think because it was a light hit that exonerates him? Every frigging player plays by the rule, all the time! That is the expectation, not a choice. When player A gets noticed for one thing he gets what he deserves! Kaleta is no different. It’s like ” I only took $100.00 not the whole $300.00 that was there?? don’t you get it?

  • Ian Hermansen

    Name one player (aside from maybe Steve Ott) who worked half as hard as Patrick Kaleta on the roster? NATHAN GERBE and he was waived at the beginning of the season. I think it’s time the tide rolls out with some other less useful player along the lines of Ville Leino and Drew Stafford.
    GERBE was the hardest worker on the team who never took a shift off, worked in the corners and battled despite his mismatch in size. Guys like Stafford and Leino take home the big $$$ but fail to win battles, posess the puck or the intestinal fortitude to step up and play the game there contracts suggest they should play. Kaleta was the tip of the iceberg in my opinion. Armia is almost back in the lineup, who is going to be next…

    • chas territo

      Ian, we need to stop making excuses for his dangerous play. to coddle him and pamper him, keeps him doing this crap! I mean, Ian, you do see my point, don’t you? It’s like a child when he breaks a rule, if you barely admonish him or punish him, we know what will happen next, just like with Kaleta! Gerbe did work hard, but not all the time??

  • Dano

    Tropp and Ott enforcing for the Sabres? ROFLMAO! Im hoping the FIRST game after they get rid of Scott that The Bruins run the piss out of the Sabres and Miller gets injured ( Cant be traded then! ;) ). put a bit of a ‘ foil ‘ in Duhcy’s rebuilding plans.

    Get out the panties, you play in Buffalo where the fans demand emasculation of its hockey team.

    • chas territo

      You sound really stupid and disrespectful about hockey. You want to see a player injured? WTF is wrong with you that an ass kicking can’t straighten out? Your a person who sounds like a punk who hates himself by starting shit with people on the net? A coward who has no real man in hid hood! STFU, your probably the guy who runs first when a confrontation comes up!

      • Dano

        Any time you want it, this Marine has no problems with what your TRYING to offer. You surely arent half as good as Hajji.

        Runs First? ROFLMAO! I’ll put a pair of campaign medals against the nuts you think make you a man, any day of the week.

        Disrespectful about hockey? Not at all. I’ve just followed and played the game since I was in Pee-Wees in the early 70′s. I have a good clue about the game, Son.

        If you just want to name call and thump your chest, by all means, feel proud doing it.

        Semper Fi! I’ve EARNED my place at the table in what I do. Maybe you should do the same.

        So I would ask WTF is wrong with you that you need to run off at the mouth calling people cowards and punks when you havent a clue about them?

        Good job! It shows how well your misconception really represents your opinion. Ignorance is your bliss.