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36 Patrick Kaleta RW
Height/Weight: 6-0/198 | Birthdate: 6/8/1986 | Birthplace: Buffalo, NY, USA | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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11/25/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta May Dress Wednesday As Center

News: Patrick Kaleta has been a healthy scratch the past three games, but may draw in Wednesday and play center.
Analysis: The natural right winger has never played center, but Cody McCormick is still undergoing the concussion protocol and the Sabres will need a center between Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart. Patrick Kaleta and McCormick are both agitators, but the difference is that Kaleta has never played center before. It'll be an interesting experiment, but don't expect it to last.

11/21/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Back With Team, Out Saturday

News: Patrick Kaleta is back with the team after being snowbound for several days this week and unable to get out of his home, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: While that ordeal is over in what's been a year of one crazy thing after another for Patrick Kaleta, he will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Washington and will instead stay back to work on skating and conditioning.

11/18/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta A Snow Scratch Tuesday

News: Patrick Kaleta is snowed in at his Buffalo-area residence and will be unable to join the Sabres for Tuesday's home tilt with the Sharks, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Despite heavy snowstorms hitting upstate New York, Tuesday's game will carry on as scheduled, despite Patrick Kaleta and a few of the team's medical personnel not able to travel to the arena. Kaleta was set to serve as a healthy scratch had he been in attendance, so his absence won't affect coach Ted Nolan's lineup plans.

11/15/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Out Saturday

News: After making his season debut Thursday, Patrick Kaleta will sit out Saturday's game against the Leafs, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Ted Nolan, "He's been out almost a year of hockey so we don't want to put him right into the fire and into games. You want to break him in, give him a little bit of time to adjust and the game the other night, Minnesota is not a slow team. So it was a little bit too quick too soon so we're just going to give it a little time."
Analysis: Katela chipped in where he normally does Thursday, with two penalty minutes and a hit, but if you use him for those blue collar categories you'll need to find another option Saturday.

11/13/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Set For Season Debut

News: Patrick Kaleta will make his season debut Thursday, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has not appeared in an NHL game since Oct. 10, 2013, but he will take the ice Thursday after overcoming a suspension, demotion, torn ACL, and several broken bones in his face. Those in Buffalo say that the Sabres have missed Kaleta's physical presence and energy in the lineup as the team continues to struggle to stay competitive in games. Kaleta will be placed in a fourth-line role and won't be very fantasy-relevant if he doesn't pick up the penalty minutes.

11/12/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres Activate Kaleta

News: Patrick Kaleta (face) has been added to the Sabres' active roster.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta was nearly cleared to play in Tuesday's loss to the Blues, but coach Ted Nolan decided to keep him out for one more contest. It sounds like he's healthy and ready to go, but rustiness is a concern after the winger had nearly all of last season wiped out by ACL injury before taking a puck to the face in training camp. Still, Kaleta's high-energy game would provide a boost to the Sabres' fourth line, though his addition won't aid the team's sputtering offense.

11/12/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta To Sit At Least One More

News: Although he's been cleared to play, Patrick Kaleta (face) is not expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Blues, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has been jonesing to play for quite some time, and given how lethargic the Sabres have looked this season he's likely to mix it up and earn some penalty minutes when he does return. But the Sabres first need to work in Marcus Foligno (shoulder) on Tuesday, so Kaleta's return looks like it will have to wait at least one more game.

11/10/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Cleared To Play

News: Patrick Kaleta (face) has been cleared to play, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has been out with multiple facial fractures since September, but has finally gotten the green light from team doctors to return to action. His status for Tuesday's game against the Blues is still up in the air, but he'll almost certainly be back in the lineup by Thursday's matchup with the Wild.

11/4/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Close But Still Not Active

News: Patrick Kaleta, while seemingly close to a return after being out since late September with multiple broken bones in his face, has still not been cleared for action, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Ted Nolan, "He went to see the doctor one more time and he still didn't give him the clearance. I think he's asking the doctor every day if he's cleared. So he's chomping at the bit to get back in."
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta is a good source of penalty minutes and hits. While the buck stops there in the fantasy realm, the Sabres have lacked the usual Nolan-inspired energy all season and it might help to get a sandpaper guy back in the lineup. If anything, at least they'd be a more entertaining team.

10/23/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Practicing With Team Despite Injury

News: Although he is not ready for games yet, Patrick Kaleta has been practicing with the Sabres, WGR 550 Sports Radio reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta had almost every bone broken in one side of his face when he got hit with a slapshot in late September. The fourth-liner is in the last year of his contract, but the general manager and coach who gave up on him last year are gone, so there has to be some pressure on him to get back and perform well for the new staff.

10/21/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Kaleta Joins Sabres On California Road Trip

News: Patrick Kaleta will travel with the team to California for their four-game road trip but is weeks away from returning, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: The gritty right winger took a puck to the face during the preseason that required surgery will likely return in November. The 2014-15 season was supposed to be one of redemption for Patrick Kaleta, who was demoted to the AHL last year after the NHL and the Sabres told him to clean up his reckless style of play. Previously a viable source for penalty minutes, Kaleta has little use in fantasy leagues.

10/17/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Nears Return

News: Patrick Kaleta (face) resumed skating this week, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: It has been a really tough two years for Patrick Kaleta. After getting demoted to the AHL for reckless play, Kaleta suffered a season-ending ACL injury in October and then took a puck to the face during camp that required extensive facial surgery. The physical right winger is ready to make a triumphant return to the NHL. Time will tell if Kaleta has cleaned up his game or not, but the Sabres could certainly use his presence in the lineup. Kaleta will not play Friday.

10/7/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres Place Kaleta On IR

News: Patrick Kaleta (face) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta is slated to miss at least three more weeks of action. He'll occupy a checking-line role upon his return.

9/30/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Expected To Miss A Month

News: Coach Ted Nolan said Patrick Kaleta (face) is expected to miss a month, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Though he's slated to miss fairly significant time, the Sabres were worried Patrick Kaleta might have sustained a broken jaw, which would have kept him out as long as three months. The X-rays Kaleta received on Monday didn't reveal anything quite that severe, but he'll still have to wait almost a full season before returning to NHL action, after he missed nearly all of last season following an ACL tear. Once healthy, Kaleta will merit consideration for a role on the team's fourth line.

9/28/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Exits Early

News: Patrick Kaleta left Sunday's exhibition game with an injury and will not return.
Analysis: The Sabres did not disclose what type of injury Patrick Kaleta is dealing with, but he skated off after being struck on his face by a puck. His status will be updates as more details are released.

9/19/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Focusing On Roster Battles

News: After being demoted to the AHL and suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Patrick Kaleta is ready to return to the lineup and says his focus has never been better, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta was handed his fourth NHL suspension after a hit to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson. An aggressive player and a childhood Sabres fan, Kaleta is relishing a return into the lineup and noted his admiration for head coach Ted Nolan, who was coach of the Sabres in the '90s. Kaleta is vying for a spot on the team's fourth line and brings plenty of grit and experience to the lineup. If he can stay focused, he has a very good chance of earning a spot in the lineup. Though Kaleta was previously a reliable source of penalty minutes, cleaning up his game might serve him better in real life than in fantasy. His value is minimal at this point.

9/18/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Cleared For Camp

News: Patrick Kaleta (knee) has been cleared for full activities during training camp, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta missed nearly all of the 2013-14 campaign after tearing his ACL while playing with AHL Rochester last November. Now fully recovered, Kaleta will compete for a spot on the Sabres' checking line, where he'll offer fantasy players plenty of penalty minutes, but little else.

3/9/2014

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Skates At First Niagara Cennter

News: Patrick Kaleta skated at the First Niagara Center for the first time since tearing his ACL back in November.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta hopped onto the ice after the Sabres morning skate and did a little work. Nothing major, but it was still a step in the right direction. He was the only one on the ice save for training staff. He is still expected to miss the rest of the season but will get a crack at things again next year.

11/30/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Tears ACL

News: Patrick Kaleta suffered a torn right ACL during Friday's game with AHL Rochester, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports. He will miss the rest of the season.
Analysis: As strictly an enforcer for the Sabres, the only waves Patrick Kaleta made this season was for an illegal hit to the head of the Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson that resulted in a 10-game suspension. He was later waived by the Sabres and assigned to Rochester. The significant knee injury could significantly damage his chances of getting back to the NHL.

11/26/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta To Return To AHL Action

News: Patrick Kaleta, who has missed the last four games for AHL Rochester with a lower-body injury, is expected to return to action for the Amerks on Wednesday, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta was assigned to Rochester by Buffalo's previous coaching regime earlier this month, so he'll get to work on trying to make a good impression on Ted Nolan & Co., with an aim for a call-up the next time the Sabres are looking to add some experience and energy.

11/21/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Dealing With Minor Injury

News: Patrick Kaleta, currently playing for Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, The Buffalo News reports. Rochester coach Chadd Cassidy hopes Kaleta can return to the Amerks lineup this weekend.
Analysis: Some were wondering if the Sabres would bring up Patrick Kaleta when they sent down several youngsters earlier in the week, but this may be a reason why that didn't happen. Kaleta's high-energy play seems to suit new interim coach Ted Nolan's style, so if you're in a format that rewards penalty minutes, keep an eye for Kaleta's name on the transaction wire sometime before the end of 2013.

11/3/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Clears Waivers

News: Patrick Kaleta cleared waivers Sunday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: It comes as little surprise that no other NHL club picked up the Sabres' tough guy, given his recent 10-game suspension and the recent backlash against fighting and the goon style of playing. He'll head down to Rochester of the AHL, so his fantasy owners will have to pick up their penalty minutes elsewhere.

11/2/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres Place Kaleta On Waivers

News: The Sabres have placed Patrick Kaleta on waivers Saturday, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta came off his 10-game suspension and immediately placed on waivers after the Sabres were ripped across the NHL for being an "out-of-control" club. Kaleta was suspended for an illegal hit to the head on Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson.

11/1/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Completes Suspension

News: Patrick Kaleta has completed his 10-game suspension and can return to the lineup Saturday against the Ducks, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Sabres will trade in one suspended physical guy for another, as Patrick Kaleta returns to active duty while fellow enforcer John Scott will miss the next four games after the league suspended him Thursday for his dirty hit on Boston's Loui Erikkson on Oct. 24. Kaleta will provide some added toughness to the Sabres' forward ranks, but he's unlikely to solve the team's scoring woes.

10/29/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Drops Appeal

News: Patrick Kaleta has decided not to further appeal his suspension after his 10-game ban was upheld by Commissioner Gary Bettman, ESPN reports.
Analysis: This doesn't come as a surprise since Patrick Kaleta's suspension was upheld on his first appeal. Under the new CBA, a player can appeal a suspension to an independent arbitrator if the original appeal is unsuccessful. Kaleta is eligible to return November 2 when the Sabres host Anaheim, at which point the Sabres will have more lineup decisions to make. Once a viable source for penalty minutes, we'll see if the suspension forces Kaleta to ease up on the physical play.