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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Patrick Kaleta’s dream of returning to the NHL remains strong. The upcoming birth of a son has also made leaving hockey behind a potential reality.
Kaleta, the 30-year-old Angola native who spent parts of nine seasons with Buffalo, is skating with former Sabres teammates with the goal of playing his first NHL game since April 2015. While most of his companions are assured of attending training camp this month, Kaleta is an unrestricted free agent looking for a team.
“Hopefully, I get a chance to play in the NHL,” he said in HarborCenter. “I definitely don’t think I’m washed up yet.”
Kaleta, whose rugged style has led to countless injuries through the years, is healthy and maintains he’s stronger than ever. The 6-foot-1 winger has added 12 pounds to get to 210, and he says he set personal records in upper- and lower-body workouts.
“Just walking around, you can see the extra weight that I have, and it’s good weight,” Kaleta said. “With the strength I have in my legs now with everything being healthy, just the weight alone is going to be beneficial for me.”
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.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Columbus’ Mark Letestu is an option. Buffalo’s Torrey Mitchell, a center by trade, might fit the job description. Calgary’s Curtis Glencross, the guy who years ago concussed Chris Drury with a blindside hit miles away from the puck, would fit if the Rangers could fit his $2.55 million under the cap.
But there’s one other name that pops. Remember last January when there was almost universal skepticism — if not revulsion — when Sather acquired Daniel Carcillo from LA? Remember how useful Carcillo was until that moment in Game 3 of the conference finals against Montreal when he became engaged with linesman Scott Driscoll and elbowed his way out of New York?
Well, presented for your (and Sather’s) consideration, another reclamation project right up the general manager’s alley.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, the notorious pending free agent who, when not injuring opponents with headshots and when maintaining his discipline, is exactly the tough, grinding depth winger so necessary to go deep in the playoffs.
Fighting in hockey is a lot harder than it looks. With that said, most fighters don’t find it so difficult that rather than punching their opponent they accidently punch themselves like Patrick Kaleta did against Jared Cowen.
from the CP at TSN,
Patrick Kaleta won't be returning to the NHL this season after all.
The Buffalo Sabres announced on Saturday that the forward, currently with the AHL's Rochester Americans, would be out for the season with a torn ACL.
The injury occurred during Rochester's Friday evening game with the Lake Erie Monsters when he crashed into Lake Erie goalie Calvin Pickard and his leg struck the crossbar.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
A few years ago I was in a press box in Los Angeles, kibitzing with an executive from a team that employed Daniel Carcillo. He, like Kaleta (and you can insert Raffi Torres in here as well), is 10 times more dangerous than any fighter—at least you know when the fighter is coming. The exec said, and I paraphrase because it was not a conversation to be written down, “I’d be happy if Carcillo wasn’t in the league. But if he is going to be, I want him on my team instead of having to play against him.”
Over the weekend, 29 GMs had a chance to snap up Patrick Kaleta under those same pretenses. Vancouver GM Mike Gillis could have replaced Tom Sestito with a swifter, harder-to-play-against Kaleta; any number of soft, push-over teams could have seen him as an inoculation against being too easy to play against; Ottawa, in need of a spark, could have found one in the rambunctious, totally unpredictable winger. But 29 GMs looked at the waiver wire, and passed. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the biggest sign of progress against on-ice violence that we have seen in some time.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 2, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier today announced that forward Patrick Kaleta has been placed on waivers.
“This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league,” Regier said. “We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres.”
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Patrick Kaleta has decided not to appeal to independent arbitrator
NEW YORK (October 24, 2013) -- Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 10-game suspension that was assessed t oBuffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta by the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head o fColumbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson in NHL Game No. 49 in Buffalo on October 10.
Commissioner Bettman heard Kaleta's appeal of the original decision, assessed Oct. 15, at a hearing in New York on Monday.
Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $152,439.00. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 3:08 of the first period.
Read Bettman's complete ruling here.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A decade ago, some of the files currently crossing Shanahan’s desk wouldn’t have been considered for supplementary discipline. They would have been dismissed as hockey plays, nothing more and nothing less.
The NHL is trying to change behaviour and it is proving to be a tough slog, in part because every hit is different and there is no one-size-fits-all disciplinary solution. And the learning curve is proving difficult for some players to absorb.
It wasn’t always this way with Kaleta. He scored 10 goals in an NHL season once (2009-10, you can look it up), reasonable production from a bottom-six forward in 55 games, provided he gives you reasonable in-control, two-way play – the way a handful of reformed serial offenders are doing now (from Matt Cooke to Steve Downie).
Kaleta needs to figure that out, too. Sadly, if his suspension gets reduced in any meaningful way, it will send the absolute wrong message to him – and to every NHL player.
I really do not enjoy pointing out stories regarding Kaleta, Lapierre and others and I do know the writers have a job to do, but I would rather pointing out names like Datsyuk, Crosby, Stamkos, etc.
There is so much good in this game but it seems the bad grabs the headlines.
Until the NHL, Owners, GMs, coaches and NHLPA start showing some real respect to the fans and the game itself, this is what we get...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Matt Cooke saw Patrick Kaleta waiting for former Sabres teammate Jason Pominville after Monday night’s game in Buffalo, so he decided to introduce himself.
The two players didn’t know each other.
But knowing that Kaleta faced an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan the next day, Cooke wanted to let Kaleta know that he knew how he felt.
"I told him, 'I’ve been there, it’s not fun.’ It’s hard," Cooke told ESPN.com Tuesday night after his Minnesota Wild lost 4-1 in Toronto.
The real reason Cooke wanted to say hi was he had a message for him.
"I laid it out there that if he wants to know what I did, I’d gladly talk to him about it," said Cooke, the NHL’s poster boy as proof former repeat offenders can reform....
Good, maybe someone will award him 20 games!
added 3:58pm, You see, there is a chance he could get more...
Brendan Shanahan explains and says the hit would have been a
suspension supplemental discipline for anyone, but harsher suspension for repeat offender Kaleta.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The leftovers from Thanksgiving 2013 include the hope NHL vice-president of regulating stupidity Brendan Shanahan will finally get it right and send Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta to the back of the fridge until the next time we’re carving a turkey on a special occasion.
Christmas would be about right.
There are lots of players who play hard and sometimes cross the line.
There have been players who have played stupidly over the edge, learned their lesson and kept both their skates pretty much on this side of the line, like Matt Cooke.
Then there are dangerous players like Kaleta who repeatedly disrespect opponents and put their opponents’ careers in jeopardy. Kaleta hasn’t gotten the message, like Cooke did.
Shanahan, who will have a hearing with Kaleta Tuesday to hear Kaleta’s explanation of his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, has a chance to give Kaleta a life-changing message (not so much for Kaleta, but for the guys he might think about hitting in the future).
If you need to see the hit or watch it again, you can watch it below. I suggest you scroll to the 1:25 mark to see the hit a little better.
The NHL announced Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing on Tuesday for his hit on Jack Johnson Thursday night.
The Sabres play Chicago tonight and Minnesota Monday, so Kaleta will have missed (served) two games before the Tuesday hearing.
At one point an in-person hearing has meant a 5+ game suspension, but this year at least one requested in-person hearing resulted in less than a 5 game suspension.
Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an incident against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at First Niagara Center.
Kaleta was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.
At 3:10 of the first period, Kaleta collided with Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson near the boards just inside the Buffalo zone. No penalty was assessed for that hit, but Kaleta received a fighting major after engaging with the Blue Jackets' Jared Boll after the hit.
Johnson remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
At the very start of the video below, you can briefly see the hit from Kaleta on Johnson.
Yep, just watch Patrick Kaleta against Coton Orr and also in the same video, Frazer McLaren takes on John Scott.
See the penalties given out below...
Brendan Shanahan tells us why.
Kaleta gets 5 for checking from behind, a 10 and game misconduct.
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta didn’t get to see the wild ending. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests after suffering a neck injury in the first period.
Kaleta made a pass along the boards and turned his back as Mike Brown barreled in. The Toronto forward followed through his hit and was assessed a boarding penalty.
“I thought he was sideways,” Ruff said. “Some of the obligation is on the player. I didn’t think he was defenseless. It’s a tough area.
“It’s not a blatant run of a guy from behind. He’s had the neck issues in the past. ... We want to make sure that there’s nothing there.”
Watch the hit below, starting at the :55 second mark...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 30, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta spent last night in the hospital and was released earlier today. Currently he’s at home and will not be traveling to Boston for the team’s game against the Bruins tomorrow night.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 31, 2012)—- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced the team has agreed to terms with forward Patrick Kaleta on a new, multi-year contract.
Kaleta (6’1”, 206 lbs., 6/8/86) led the team in 2011-12 with 116 PIM and led all forwards with 139 hits. Through 63 games played last season, Kaleta recorded 10 points (5+5).
A Buffalo native, Kaleta was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He made his first appearance with the team in the 2006-07 season and has since played in 267 games, tallying 50 points (26+24) and 434 PIM.
NEW YORK (Nov. 21, 2011)—Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high sticking Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris in NHL Game No. 276 Saturday night in Buffalo, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 17:55 of the second period. Kaleta was assessed a minor penalty for high sticking on the play.
Brendan Shanahan explains…
Nope, not allowed, and Scott Hartnell stops (at around 35 secs into the video clip below) to take note of what’s going on over on the other side of the circle (Patrick Kaleta and Daniel Briere) to make sure they all don’t run their team into trouble before getting into the dance with Paul Gaustad in today’s Philly/Buffalo tilt.
Update 8:20pm ET:
David Singer at HockeyFights.com points out to me that my headline might be a bit misleading… I should clarify that the rule is really that you CAN have two fights at the same time, if they start at the EXACT same time. You just can’t have a second (or third, etc) fight start after the first one is going. If that were to happen, then the guys in the subsequent fights would be running afoul of the rule and find themselves tossed.
Being at the Terry Pegula press conference yesterday, and seeing Sabres legends like Gilbert Perreault and Danny Gare on one side of the room and current icons like Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek on the other, underscored for me the meaning of keeping the past in your memories but putting it in the rear view mirror and forging ahead.
It’s kind of the same feeling I had when Scotty Bowman in 1981 traded away fan favorites Gare and Jim Shoenfield, when late owner Seymour H. Knox III gave his “Farewell, Old Friend” speech in 1996 during the emotional closing ceremonies at the Aud, and when Tom Golisano rescued the franchise from a near fatal bankruptcy eight years ago.
In the same way that the coronation of Golisano in 2003 brought closure to Sabres fans over the departure of beloved coach Ted Nolan, today’s first full day of the Terry Pegula era should expedite the permanent healing of the lasting wounds this town has felt over the free agency losses of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury.
It won’t, however, ease the pain of No Goal in 1999 or No “D” in Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals. There’s obviously only one cure for that, and the hope in Buffalo is that a diehard Sabres fan with $3 billion can administer it.
The Buffalo Sabres’ lack of sympathy for the misfortunes of the free falling Ottawa Senators should be in full display tonight at Scotiabank Place.
The streaking Sabres need every point they can get, and if that means figuratively kicking their already wounded division rival in the stomach on their way out the door towards the All-Star break, then so be it.
In their last 12 games, the Sabres are 8-3-1 while the Sens are 1-8-3. Ottawa will start Brian Elliott, who is winless in his last 10 starts, in goal tonight.
Still, it’s not like the Sabres don’t have issues of their own. They need to win this one just to get within four points of eighth place. The defense is still shaky. To be honest, not a whole lot of fans and media here are taking the streak too seriously.
via Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Panthers GM Dale Tallon called the league office and has asked for a video review of what appeared to be an intentional blindside shot to the head of defenseman Dmitry Kulikov by Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta in the third period, according to assistant GM Mike Santos.
Kaleta was given two minor penalties (charging and roughing) for four minutes, but the new rule on such hits calls for a 5-minute major penalty and automatic game misconduct, with a possibility of suspension.
Hunting for a video of the hit was unsuccessful, did anyone see it?
You have to wonder if all of the pundits who trashed Colin Campbell for allowing the suspension of Niklas Hjalmarsson to end in time for the Blackhawks-Sabres rematch are feeling a little silly right now.
The Sabres went into Chicago last night and concentrated more on playing hockey and less on exacting revenge. So much less that they even took a flyer on engaging Hjalmarsson in the typical obligatory early first period now-this-will-settle-things fight. Patrick Kaleta was credited with two hits, and there were no fighting majors in the game, which Chicago won 4-3.
This turn of events comes as no surprise to the many wise hockey fans who have seen these situations too many times before. For all of the hype that precluded the rematch, this game had all the makings of - well, just another hockey game.
For starters, Campbell had sent out a warning to Kaleta and his teammates that the Wheel of Discipline was still in service and that he wouldn’t be afraid to spin it harder. And second, it’s no secret around the league that the Sabres collectively just don’t have the personality for such ugly fisticuff-filled affairs.
BUFFALO, NY (July 21, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent winger Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta was previously scheduled for a club elected arbitration hearing later this month.
Kaleta (6/8/1986, 5’11”, 205 lbs.) set career-highs in goals (10), points (15) and games played (55) during the 2009-2010 season. Kaleta also picked up two points (1+1) in six playoff games. Overall, the Angola, NY native has appeared in 153 NHL games with Buffalo, collecting 31 points (17+14) and 241 penalty minutes.
“If you look back in Detroit, [Tomas] Holmstrom, whatever it is he just really grinds on people. Pittsburgh had [Matt] Cooke last year – same thing. Patty, I think for his part is maybe a little in between those guys. He plays with a good edge but I saw a few times last night that he held up because it wasn’t the right opportunity to take a hit or a run. When he does crash into the boards it just means that he thinks it’s a little late and he might put our team at a disadvantage so he does a good job of paying attention to that kind of stuff.
-Ryan Miller on Buffalo teammate Patrick Kaleta. More on Kaleta from Erin Pollina at BuffaloSabres.com.
BUFFALO, NY (March 29, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Patrick Kaleta had surgery on his thumb Monday, and is expected to be out a minimum of 2 weeks.
Fisher received 5 for boarding and a game misconduct. Too much?
TORONTO (November 28, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #356 against Philadelphia Flyers forward Jared Ross, Friday afternoon, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Kaleta will forfeit $5,414.50. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for boarding at 9:28 of the first period.
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta 3:38 into the third period.
According to the league rulebook, Ovechkin was hit with the major penalty at the official’s discretion, but an injury to the head or face on a major infraction is grounds for an automatic ejection. Kaleta left the ice holding his nose, and Ovechkin tossed his glove in the air in frustration as he went to the dressing room.
This is the second game misconduct in Ovechkin’s career, and both have come against the Sabres. He was ejected from a game Dec. 2, 2006 during his second NHL season for checking then-Buffalo forward Danny Briere into the boards from behind. Ovechkin was also fined earlier this season after slew-footing Atlanta’s Rich Peverley with 30 seconds left Oct. 22 at Philips Arena.
more on the Caps win…
The video is not the best quality, but here is the Ovechkin hit…
Note: Replaced the video with a better quality one on 11/26/09 around 8:45am.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There was déjà vu all over again on Thursday night with Patrick Kaleta headhunting and Petr Prucha laid-out and groggy on the ice after leaving himself vulnerable to such a malicious blow.
Kaleta, the Buffalo winger, represents the worst in this game. He appears to have no compunction whatsoever about injuring his opponents with hits that are somehow declared legal when broken down into hundredths-of-a-second video frames that obscure real life and real time intent but do not ameliorate real life consequences to the victim.
In allowing Kaleta to skate free, NHL VP Colin Campbell is off to a depressing start in the league’s effort to protect its players from malicious blows to the head. What effort (?), is right. Why is it that Campbell always gives the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator rather than to the victim?
Why won’t the NHL take a stand here? Why won’t Campbell use the smell test as the basis for exacting punishment against Kaleta and his ilk? Who’s going to object, the remnants of the Players’ Association? That’s a good one.
Dave Strader and Tyson Nash with the call. Did Kaleta leave his feet?