Patrick Kaleta is, to put it mildly, a bit of a punk on the ice. He draws a boat-load of penalties, takes his fair share, and just generally plays the Max Lapierre role for the Buffalo Sabres.
So, I’m not sure if this is going to piss off the rest of the Northeastern Division or not (maybe they want him around to have more chances to hit him?), but Kaleta has signed a deal with the Sabres.
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced the team has signed forward Patrick Kaleta to 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.
The Sabres have been remarkably inactive this summer (as Ryan Lambert will explain to you tomorrow), so I suppose this is worth something. Kaleta’s a capable depth guy most teams would be happy to have.