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Kaleta clears waivers, next stop: Rochester

Nov 3, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

Patrick Kaleta AP

If Patrick Kaleta is going to straighten up his game, he’ll be doing it in the AHL for now.

The troubled Buffalo Sabres forward cleared waivers and was sent to the team’s minor league affiliate in Rochester.

Team GM Darcy Regier said before the Sabres’ 6-3 loss to Anaheim on Saturday night they tried to trade Kaleta but found no takers for him. They’re also worried they’re under the NHL’s thumb for what Kaleta has done over the past few seasons topped off by his 10-game suspension for elbowing Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.

Kaleta will need to adjust his game in the AHL along the same lines how Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke adjusted his on the fly in Pittsburgh after numerous high-profile bad hits. If he can do that, there’s likely a spot for him back in Buffalo. Kaleta has another year remaining on his contract with the team.

  1. lowenni - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    If he can clean up his game he can turn into a decent player. He’ll get more playing time in Rochester than he would in Buffalo, and maybe he can work on his defensive ability to become a penalty killer who gets under your skin, much like Matt Cooke (without the offense). There really isn’t any place left in the game for one-dimensional players like him.

  2. crazemastercraze - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    “There really isn’t any place left in the game for one-dimensional players like him”. I don’t know, sound like a Flyers kind of player to me

    • TestSubjekt - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      I don’t recall the Flyers having too many dirty players like him. Flyers love to fight, not cheap shot their opponents like Kaleta.

      • ltcpain75 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Oh, you mean like Emery, who had to fight the opposing goalie, who clearly did not want to fight.

      • ralphwilsonisrich - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        Ray Emery cheap another goalie

      • rrsm53 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        really how long have you been watching the Flyers play for. They dont have cheap dirty players really. WOW! wake up.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      He was doomed from the day he grew that western pennsylvania style beard !

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Humility can go a long way if one is willing to embrace her. Kaleta has that opportunity now being in Rochester.

    • lordfletcher - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      humility and the difference in pay.

      I can’t imagine how much this has / will cost him. Whew.

      • leninthebuff - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        No difference in pay as he gets his NHL salary this year and next even if he is in Rochester. The 10 game suspension is all that he lost in money

  4. crazemastercraze - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Zac Rihnaldo is the living embodiment of gentlemanly gamesmanship. Come on, remove yourself from the Flyers bubble of delusion. “That many players”……haha

  5. hockeyflow33 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    If you thought $1.25 million went far in Buffalo wait until you get to Rochester

    • billsin20xx - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Rochester is more expensive- but better too!

  6. billsin20xx - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Anybody at the game last night? The fans just don’t care anymore. The did the “carubba collision’ for the best hit of the night where the fans cheer for one of two hits, no one cheered for either hit!! And the fans cheered the loudest all night for the ducks last 2 goals.
    How long will Pegula put up with this?


    • leninthebuff - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Besides firing Darcy is it possible that he would fire himself? I guess it’s his toy and his money but giving out these dumb contracts has got to stop. I don’t blame Darcy for that because I don’t think that is his mo, never has been. When Pegula stops being a fan and runs this team as a business this team will be successful.

      • leninthebuff - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        ***I was referring to Pegula when I said about firing himself.

    • randomcommentator - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Love people who shout fire Darcy like the angry mob. Ask yourself 3 questions and if you can do that, then maybe he should be fired:

      1) What does firing Darcy accomplish?
      2) Who is his replacement?
      3) What do you do at the trade deadline?

  7. sabatimus - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I hope this is a lesson to him. Maybe he can actually learn some more skills in Rochester too.

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