Patrick Kaleta Clears Waivers, So Where Do The Buffalo Sabres Go From Here?

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Option #2: The Buffalo Sabres Can Take Care of One of Their Own

Apr. 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jochen Hecht (55) celebrates his goal with center Nathan Gerbe (42) and right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that Patrick Kaleta is a fan-favorite, partly because he works his tail off every shift, and partly because he is a local boy who grew up playing hockey in nearby Hamburg and West Seneca.  While there’s no doubt that he has seemingly lost the ability to contribute to the Sabres’ offensive woes, and that his reckless style of player is dangerous and no longer tolerated by the NHL, that doesn’t mean that the Sabres need to dump him and turn their backs on him.

Kaleta does have value, especially if he is able to begin adding “smart” to the adjectives that people use to describe his style of play.  He draws penalties and kills off penalties.  Not so long ago, he did pot 10 goals in a season, which would be a solid contribution from a third- or fourth-line player.  And there is no doubt that his physicality and “take no shift off” mentality are desirable traits, so long as Kaleta can play within the current NHL climate.

It would take some patience on the part of the Sabres, but as a team that is in the middle of a huge rebuild, they COULD find a way to help Kaleta rebuild his own career.

Odds that this will be Buffalo’s approach: 100-1

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