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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: 7 | Salary: $1,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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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.

10/25/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Denied

News: Patrick Kaleta's final appeal over his 10-game suspension for a hit to the head of Columbus' Jack Johnson has been denied, according to Bille Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has already served six games, so he has four more to go. The Sabres will be lacking some edge to their bottom lines for the next stretch, with both Kaleta and John Scott out on suspension, though they did activate Cody McCormick this week from injured reserve.

10/24/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Has Suspension Upheld

News: Patrick Kaleta's 10-game suspension for his hit to the head of the Jackets' Jack Johnson on Oct. 10 has been upheld, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta tried to get his suspension reduced through the appeals process, but commissioner Gary Bettman was having none of it. Now six games into his suspension, Kaleta still has four more to go, so his likely return date is Nov. 2, unless he decides to seek another appeal via an independent arbitrator.

10/17/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta To Appeal Suspension

News: Patrick Kaleta will appeal his 10-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of the Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson on Oct. 10, Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta will first appeal to commissioner Gary Bettman, and if Bettman upholds the ruling, Kaleta will then get to state his case to a neutral arbitrator. Considering his lengthy history of malicious hits, it seems unlikely Kaleta's suspension would be reduced.

10/11/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Hearing For Sabres' Kaleta Tuesday

News: Patrick Kaleta (mouth) will miss two games this weekend before a hearing Tuesday regarding a possible suspension following that, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta will also need some dental work for a few loose teeth, but his suspension is the result of an elbow to the head of the Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson. In addition to two games this weekend, he reportedly is looking at a three-to-five game suspension following his hearing Tuesday.

10/11/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Skips Practice Friday

News: Patrick Kaleta missed practice Friday due to a hearing for a possible suspension, the Olean Times Herald's Bill Hoppe reports.
Analysis: In addition to potentially missing a few games as a consequence of hitting the Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson in Thursday's game, coach Ron Rolston said Patrick Kaleta will also require some dental work for a few loose teeth. That cosmetic damage shouldn't prevent him from missing any games, but a looming ban from the commissioner's office seems a bit more problematic.

10/11/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta In Trouble Again

News: Patrick Kaleta has an in-person discipline hearing for an apparent elbow to the head of Jack Johnson during Thursday's loss to Columbus, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Working in Patrick Kaleta's favor is that no penalty was called on the play (which doesn't always help) and that Johnson apparently wasn't injured. However, Kaleta has a long history with the league and the in-person type of hearing, scheduled for Friday, likely means a suspension of some sort is on the way.

4/21/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Out Monday

News: Patrick Kaleta will miss Monday's game against Winnipeg after blocking a shot off his right hand in Friday's loss to the Rangers, according to The Buffalo News.
Analysis: The Sabres have just three games left and are officially out of the playoffs, so there's a chance the instigator's season could be done.

3/17/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Out Sunday

News: Patrick Kaleta is out for Sunday's game against the Capitals.
Analysis: Despite being eligible to return from his suspension, Patrick Kaleta will sit Sunday's game. According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, the team wants to keep continuity in the lines.

3/17/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta On Ice Sunday

News: Patrick Kaleta was on the ice for morning skate Sunday.
Analysis: It's unknown if Patrick Kaleta will return for Sunday's game against the Capitals, but he is eligible to do so with his suspension now over.

3/4/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Receives Five-Game Suspension

News: Patrick Kaleta has received a five-game suspension for his actions in Sunday's loss, WGR550 reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has officially received a five-game suspension for his cross-check which sent Brad Richards head first into the boards. The NHL is really trying to crack down on these types of hits, which can cause severe neck injuries.

3/3/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Could Face Suspension

News: Patrick Kaleta is expected to have a disciplinary hearing with the league after receiving a match penalty for cross-checking the Rangers' Brad Richards in Sunday's shootout loss, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has a history of borderline hits, which won't do him any favors in this instance considering it was against one of the league's stars. The fact that he's still looking for his first point of the season after 17 games tells you all you need to know about his style of play as the team's instigator.

2/10/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres Get Kaleta Back

News: Patrick Kaleta (neck) saw 14:11 worth of ice time in Saturday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has yet to score a point in seven games to date, but he made his presence felt Saturday in his return to action with three blocked shots.

2/8/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Practices Fully Friday

News: Patrick Kaleta (neck) practiced fully Friday, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has missed the last four games with a neck injury, but he's got a good chance to play Saturday against the Islanders, according to head coach Lindy Ruff.

2/6/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Getting Close

News: Patrick Kaleta, who's missed the last four games with a neck injury, skated as an extra forward during Wednesday's practice and said he's ready to play Thursday against Montreal, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach However, coach Lindy Ruff may not be so optimistic yet. "He always wants to play," said Ruff. "That's a good thing. Give him credit."
Analysis: The Sabres are reeling and even though Patrick Kaleta isn't much of a scorer, he'll add energy and his usual max effort when he is ready to return.

2/5/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Could Skate Tuesday

News: Patrick Kaleta (neck) is progressing and might start skating on his own Tuesday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Patrick Kaleta has had neck injuries in the past, so the Sabres will not rush him back into action. Kaleta suffered this injury after taking a hit from Toronto's Mike Brown last Tuesday. Kaleta still seems a ways from returning to game action from this injury, but it's a good sign he will be back on the ice soon.

1/31/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Out With Head Injury

News: Patrick Kaleta will be out "for a while" due to a head injury he suffered Tuesday against Toronto, WGR 550 reports.
Analysis: The full extent of the injury is unknown. It was initially reported as a neck injury, which Patrick Kaleta has had in the past. Consider the right wing out indefinitely until further notice.

1/30/2013

Patrick Kaleta, RW, BUF

Patrick Kaleta

Sabres' Kaleta Released From Hospital

News: Patrick Kaleta (neck) was released from the hospital Wednesday.
Analysis: It's encouraging that Patrick Kaleta's injury appears only minor, but it will cost him at least one game, as he will not travel with the team for Thursday's game against the Bruins. The Sabres will be cautious with Kaleta since he suffered a similar injury recently, but consider him day-to-day at this time.