Patrick Kaleta will be the topic of much conversation as training camp opens and the 2014-2015 Buffalo Sabres roster takes shape. Will Patrick Kaleta remain with the Buffalo Sabres or will another demotion to the American Hockey League and the Rochester Americans be in store for the gritty forward.
Patrick Kaleta was sent to the Rochester Americans by the previous administration to “relearn” and “recondition” his behavior after the National Hockey League suspended him.
Kaleta was suspended for ten games for an illegal hit to the head on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. After sitting out his requisite ten games, the Buffalo Sabres tried trading the enigmatic forward, with no result.
Pat Kaleta then cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL. In March Patrick Kaleta started skating again and was given his stall back in the Buffalo Sabres locker room – but never got back into the lineup.
Darcy Regier implied that the league pressured the Buffalo Sabres to expel Kaleta from the league, not wanting to do the dirty work for themselves.
The question for the new administration, Tim Murray and Ted Nolan – is has Patrick Kaleta changed his style of play enough to return to the NHL, without being a target for penalties and suspensions – the way John Scott had made himself in his time with the Buffalo Sabres.
Patrick Kaleta is a fan favorite, growing up miles from Sabres nation in Angola, New York. Players from the region who end up on the team, good or bad usually make for great fan favorites – because he is one of our own.
Patrick Kane in a Buffalo Sabres sweater would be a huge score for the organization.
With a new attitude on the roster with Tim Murray – is there room on the roster for Patrick Kaleta?
The 2014-2015 NHL season will be his last in Buffalo if the team does not resign him, as Patrick Kaleta is set to become a free agent after this season.
Does Patrick Kaleta have a place in the future of the Buffalo Sabres? Will he get picked up by another team and agitate the Buffalo Sabres in a different way?
With the roster taking shape with Tim Murray’s moves, I don’t think Patrick Kaleta stands much of a future; but then again, Ted Nolan likes to play guys that give their all every shift.