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Patrick Kaleta Looking For Work

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Three weeks have passed since free agency opened, and he’s still looking for work. He’s hoping to re-sign with the Sabres, but sports can be cold and unsentimental. The club could be going in a different direction.

It’s not totally shocking that teams haven’t lined up for Kaleta given his reputation in the league office. Buffalo fans see energy, but others see dirty. Add his injuries, and teams are reluctant to sign him. He celebrated his 29th birthday last month. Perhaps general managers fear his body is worn down and not worth the risk.

“It’s a waiting game,” Kaleta said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to show that the new flavor isn’t always the best flavor. Look at Mike Grier. You realize how much you miss him, and then you want him back.”

See, there’s always a different view.

Kaleta’s reputation was born, in part, from following orders. The Sabres wanted him playing as hard and aggressive as possible. He exceeded their demands. Yes, he crossed the line at times. Yes, certain suspensions were warranted. But if the Sabres asked, he would have performed backflips off the Skyway. 

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