|Assets:||Works very hard. Likes to antagonize the opposition and is also an occasional combatant. Provides energy and grit to any lineup. Owns a decent two-way game.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't possess high-end skills, so he'll never be confused with a talented top-six forward at the NHL level. Must also show greater consistency and discipline.|
|Career Potential:||Agitating energy winger.|
|3/26/2015||Missed 18 games (lower body injury).|
|2/22/2015||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|2/15/2015||Lower body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/23/2014||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|11/26/2014||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|11/18/2014||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|11/11/2014||Missed 16 games (facial injury).|
|10/07/2014||Facial injury, injured reserve.|
|11/03/2013||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|11/02/2013||Placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres.|
|11/01/2013||Missed 10 games (suspended by nhl).|
|10/15/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 10 games.|
|4/26/2013||Missed the last 3 regular season games (hand injury).|
|4/22/2013||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|3/17/2013||Missed 5 games (suspended by nhl).|
|3/04/2013||Suspended by the NHL for 5 games.|
|2/09/2013||Missed 5 games (neck injury).|
|2/05/2013||Neck injury, injured reserve.|
|1/31/2013||Neck injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/31/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year contract.|
|3/27/2012||Missed 3 games (upper body injury).|
|3/21/2012||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/22/2011||Missed 8 games (groin).|
|12/09/2011||Groin, injured reserve.|
|12/02/2011||Missed 4 games (lower body injury).|
|11/23/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/21/2011||Fined $2,500 by the NHL.|
|11/12/2011||Missed 4 games (suspended by nhl).|
|11/03/2011||Suspended by the NHL for four games.|
|4/26/2011||Missed the last playoff game (hand injury).|
|4/09/2011||Missed 16 games (knee injury).|
|3/29/2011||Knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/08/2011||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|2/16/2011||Missed 1 game (hand injury).|
|2/15/2011||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|2/13/2011||Missed 6 games (broken left hand).|
|2/08/2011||Broken left hand, day-to-day.|
|1/23/2011||Broken left hand, injured reserve.|
|1/18/2011||Missed 7 games (upper body injury).|
|1/01/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/19/2010||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|11/17/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/21/2010||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a one-year contract.|
|4/11/2010||Missed 8 games (thumb injury).|
|3/27/2010||Thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|3/02/2010||Missed 6 games (foot injury).|
|2/02/2010||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|1/14/2010||Missed 6 games (leg injury).|
|12/29/2009||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|12/27/2009||Missed 3 games (neck injury).|
|12/21/2009||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|12/19/2009||Missed 1 game (head injury).|
|12/18/2009||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|11/28/2009||Suspended by the NHL for two games.|
|11/04/2009||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/15/2009||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a one-year contract.|
|4/12/2009||Missed the last 4 games of the regular season (head injury).|
|4/06/2009||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|1/31/2009||Missed 17 games (head injury).|
|12/20/2008||Head injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/17/2008||Missed 7 games (head and neck).|
|12/01/2008||Head and neck, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/28/2008||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|1/25/2008||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|1/08/2008||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|9/25/2007||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|5/02/2007||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|3/12/2007||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|2/21/2007||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|9/22/2006||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|6/05/2006||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a multi-year contract.|
|9/19/2005||Returned to his junior team (Peterborough-OHL).|
|6/27/2004||Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round (176th overall) in 2004.|
Patrick Kaleta gets another chance this fall | 06/20/2014 7:52 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta is on the mend from knee surgery and he's expected to attend training camp with the Buffalo Sabres.
ImpactHe was demoted to the minors, where he suffered a torn MCL, in November. He served a 10-game suspension for an illegal check and suited up in just five games for the Sabres in 2013-14. "Whatever happened last year happened," GM Tim Murray said. "I just expect him to come in here and act like a pro. Once we hit the ice, then I'll start evaluating him."
Patrick Kaleta tears ACL, done for the year | 11/30/2013 6:51 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta suffered a torn ACL during an AHL game with Rochester on Friday and he's done for the rest of the season.
ImpactKaleta was reportedly going to rejoin the Sabres for practice on Monday with a very good possibility of playing on Thursday versus the New York Rangers. That potential return won't happen now and he'll have a long rehab ahead of him.
Kaleta sustains serious injury in AHL game | 11/30/2013 9:15 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta sustained a injury Friday night in an AHL game.
Paul Hamilton Twitter
ImpactKaleta, who is trying to resurrect his career in Rochester, may have broken his right ankle on a play while driving to the net. Too bad, as reports had him playing some pretty good hockey as of late.
Patrick Kaleta clears waivers, sent to AHL | 11/03/2013 12:50 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta cleared waivers, meaning the Buffalo Sabres were able to demote him to the AHL's Rochester Americans.
Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
ImpactAside from generating PIMs, Kaleta's not particularly useful in fantasy. Kaleta's current contract runs through 2014-15, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him in the NHL again ... which might be bad news for more relevant players.
Kaleta waiver period up Sunday at noon | 11/03/2013 9:16 AM
NewsThe waiver period for Patrick Kaleta expries on noon Sunday.
ImpactIn other words, if an NHL team does not put in a waiver claim by noon Sunday, Kaleta will remain in the Sabre organization and will be assigned to Rochester of the AHL. We do not expect Kaleta to be claimed.
Kaleta waived by Sabres | 11/02/2013 12:52 PM
NewsThe Sabres have waived Patrick Kaleta.
Paul Hamilton Twitter
ImpactSo much for being anxious to make a difference on a slumping Sabres' squad. GM Darcy Regier is hoping that Kaleta will clear waivers and re-define his career in Rochester. "This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league," said Regier. We shall see.
Kaleta anxious to return after 10-game hiatus | 11/02/2013 7:43 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta is anxious to return to action after sitting out 10 games due to a suspension.
ImpactHe will be eligible to play Saturday night against the Ducks and hopes to provide his slumping team with a spark. "I'm just going to try and infuse some energy in the lineup and bring hard work, hard work and hard work," Kaleta said. "Try to play passionate and like I said bring some hard work." It will take more than Kaleta's hard work over 10-12 minutes of ice time to elevate the Sabres based on what we've seen to date from this struggling squad.
Patrick Kaleta concludes serving suspension | 11/01/2013 7:03 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta has finished serving his 10-game suspension.
ImpactHe is eligible to return to Buffalo's lineup on Saturday when the Sabres host Anaheim.
Patrick Kaleta won't appeal to arbitrator | 10/28/2013 6:14 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta won't appeal his 10-game suspension to an independent arbitrator, according to multiple sources.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter
ImpactThe Sabres agitator is eligible to return on Nov. 2 after he committed an illegal check to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson back on Oct. 12.
Bettman upholds Patrick Kaleta's suspension | 10/24/2013 2:18 PM
NewsNHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld Patrick Kaleta's 10-game suspension.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
ImpactKaleta has one week to decide if he wants to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.
Patrick Kaleta awaits Bettman's ruling | 10/23/2013 7:01 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta is expected to get a ruling on his suspension appeal on Wednesday from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
ImpactHe was at practice Tuesday after returning from New York to plead his case. If Bettman upholds Kaleta's 10-game ban then the Sabres agitator could appeal to a neutral arbitrator.
Kaleta can't play while appealing suspension | 10/18/2013 2:07 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta isn't eligible to play while he's appealing his 10-game suspension.
ImpactKaleta has already served four games and will be allowed to return on Nov. 2 unless his suspension is reduced. He's a repeat offender and being punished for hitting Columbus' Jack Johnson in the head. "I've been changing my game over the past little while. Everyone who's watched the Sabres and has paid close attention has seen it," Kaleta said. "Like I said, I just need to keep continuing to get better and do what's best for the team and try to be a positive influence on what's going on here."
Patrick Kaleta wil appeal 10-game suspension | 10/16/2013 7:02 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta will appeal his 10-game suspension.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactAccording to Bob McKenzie, the first appeal goes to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and if he upholds ruling then it can go to a neutral arbitrator.
NHL suspends Patrick Kaleta for 10 games | 10/15/2013 6:55 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta has been suspended for 10 games for an illegal check to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson on Oct. 10.
ImpactHe has already served two games of his ban while waiting for Tuesday's in-person hearing. Kaleta is a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and he will forfeit $152,439.00 in salary. He'll be eligible to return on Nov. 2 when the Sabres host Anaheim.
Patrick Kaleta will get hearing on Tuesday | 10/11/2013 10:18 PM
NewsBuffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta will be suspended until he faces a Tuesday disciplinary hearing, in which he might be suspended some more.
ImpactHis hit on Jack Johnson could land him an extensive unpaid vacation, but we won't know until next week. Most fantasy owners shouldn't be too broken up about it, especially since Kaleta's not on a team that will help him pick up cheap points.
Patrick Kaleta might get a lengthy suspension | 10/11/2013 11:41 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta has an in-person hearing scheduled for his high hit on Jack Johnson during Thursday's game.
ImpactThe fact that it's an in-person hearing means that Kaleta's suspension might exceed five games. Kaleta is a repeat offender, but Johnson was able to remain in the game. Both of those points might be significant factors when determining the length of his suspension, should he end up getting punished at all. Kaleta didn't receive a penalty for his actions, but Jared Boll stood up for his teammate and both players ended up getting five minutes for fighting as a result.
Kaleta (hand) isn't expected to play Monday | 04/22/2013 6:34 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta will not play on Monday due to a hand injury.
ImpactKaleta sustained the ailment while blocking a shot on Friday. It remains to be seen if he'll return before the season ends.
Patrick Kaleta nets first goal of 2013 | 04/07/2013 10:58 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta scored his first goal of the season in Buffalo's 3-2 shootout win Sunday.
ImpactSteve Ott also scored a goal in the Sabres' victory. Cody Hodgson, Jochen Hecht, and Nathan Gerbe each registered an assist for Buffalo.
Kaleta, Miller set to move on from mini spat | 03/20/2013 10:04 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta and Ryan Miller patched up any lingering differences Tuesday.
Impact"He's like my brother, one of my best friends on the team," Kaleta said after Tuesday's morning skate. "Some things were misunderstood there but we're family. Our season hasn't gone the way we wanted it to go and everyone knows that. Our job is to come together as a team and go out there and battle." Miller said that Kaleta "needs to just grow up" after he complained about being a healthy scratch. However, the emotional and outspoken goaltender sees the error of his ways and he said, "We're going to try to move on from that." Ironically, Kaleta was back in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Montreal while Miller watched the bench as Jhonas Enroth's backup.
Patrick Kaleta still suspended | 03/10/2013 10:47 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta will be serving the second of a five-game suspension Sunday.
Official website of the Buffalo Sabres
ImpactThe Sabres super pest was suspended for his hit on Brad Richards a week ago. Although he had 116 penalty minutes in 2011-12, Kaleta doesn't do enough offensively to be fantasy relevant.
NHL hands Kaleta a five-game ban for boarding | 03/04/2013 7:21 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta has been suspended for five games for boarding New York Rangers forward Brad Richards.
ImpactThe incident occurred at the 3:28 mark of the third period Sunday and Kaleta received a major penalty and a game misconduct. He got a harsher suspension because he is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Kaleta will have disciplinary hearing Monday | 03/04/2013 10:41 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Monday afternoon after he hit Brad Richards, of the New York Rangers, from behind Sunday night.
ImpactKaleta received a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.
Patrick Kaleta back in lineup Saturday | 02/10/2013 12:01 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta was back in the lineup Saturday after missing five games with a neck injury.
Official website of the Buffalo Sabres
ImpactKaleta got injured following a nasty hit-from-behind by Toronto's Mike Brown on January 29."We've had discussions, and I'll have another one with him today. In his case, he can't put himself in that position," coach Ruff said. "I still think there's a little bit of the onus on the player that's attacking, but there's an onus on the player that's gonna receive that hit too. Especially in Patty's case, to not put your head in that position."
Kaleta cleared for game action | 02/09/2013 10:36 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta has been cleared for game action and he is expected to be in the Buffalo lineup for Saturday's contest against the Islanders.
ImpactKaleta had been nursing a neck injury he sustained nine days ago after absorbing a punishing hit from Toronto's Mike Brown. If you need the Sabres' super pest, feel free to activate him.
Patrick Kaleta (neck) feels ready to return | 02/07/2013 8:38 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta (neck) feels ready to step back into the lineup, but he may not be cleared to play until at least the weekend.
ImpactHe returned to practice on Wednesday after being injured on Jan. 29 against Toronto.
Patrick Kaleta (neck) is making progress | 02/06/2013 11:12 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta (neck) skated on his own Tuesday back in Buffalo.
Impact"Patrick had a full skate, went really through a full warm-up, so that's great for him," coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's on the road to recovery." Kaleta suffered a neck injury on Jan. 29 against Toronto.
Patrick Kaleta might start skating Tuesday | 02/04/2013 3:25 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta (neck) might be able to skate on Tuesday.
ImpactKaleta was hospitalized after absorbing a hit from Toronto's Mike Brown on Jan. 29. The fact that he might skate soon is an obvious sign of progress, but there's still no known timetable for his return.
Patrick Kaleta has no timetable for return | 01/30/2013 6:56 PM
NewsPatrick Kaleta (neck) stayed overnight at Buffalo General Hospital, but he has since been released.
ImpactHe did not travel with his teammates to Boston for Thursday night's game and he's not expected to face the Bruins. He has had a history of neck issues and right now there is no timetable for his return.
Kaleta leaves game to have neck examined | 01/30/2013 11:32 AM
NewsPatrick Kaleta suffered a neck injury during the first period of Tuesday's loss to Toronto and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
ImpactThe Buffalo shift disturber turned his back as Leafs forward Mike Brown finished his check and was sent tumbling into the boards. "It's not a blatant run of a guy from behind," said coach Lindy Ruff. "He's had the neck issues in the past. ... We want to make sure that there's nothing there."
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|Goals||0||42 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Apr 11||0|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:at TB||last:Jan 9||0|
|Points||1||3 times-last:at TB||last:Jan 9||0|
|Penalty Minutes||10||at TB||Dec 4||5|
|Plus/Minus||1||5 times-last:at TB||last:Jan 9||0|
|Power Play Goals||0||42 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Apr 11||0|
|Power Play Points||0||42 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Apr 11||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||42 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Apr 11||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at TB||Jan 9||0|
|Shots||2||8 times-last:at NYI||last:Apr 4||0|
|Assists||5||4 times-last: 2011-12 (Buf)|
|Penalty Minutes||116||2011-12 (Buf)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2009-10 (Buf)|
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