Option #1: Let him rot in Rochester until his contract expires.
It’s clear no one in the NHL wanted anything to do with Patrick Kaleta. If the Sabres could have traded him for anything meaningful, they would have. If an NHL team looking for some muscle and someone to help kill penalties, he would have been gobbled up. Instead, he is about to don an Amerks jersey and hope that refining his game will entice an NHL club to take a second look at him.
The fact that the Sabres waived him, rather than keep him on the roster and suspend him an extra game or two, would lead me to believe that they either don’t believe he can (or is serious about) changing how he plays hockey, or they honestly just don’t care. Perhaps they are fed up with his antics. Or maybe the Sabres believe that, even if he does change his game, the franchise will forever be looking over its shoulder to see if the NHL is still breathing down the team’s neck.
Whatever their reasons, GM Darcy Regier and company could simply want to cut their ties and move in a different direction, in which case Kaleta has to suffer through two years in the AHL (provided he clears waivers again next season) before he is free to seek gainful employment somewhere else, if he has redeemed himself enough to attract any suitors.
Odds that this will be Buffalo’s approach: 2-1