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Report: Patrick Kaleta out for the season with torn ACL

Nov 30, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

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Patrick Kaleta’s controversial 2013-14 season could very well be done.

According to reports, Kaleta is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, suffered Friday in the Rochester Americans’ game against the Lake Erie Monsters. According to, Kaleta’s leg struck the crossbar after he crashed with Monsters’ goalie Calvin Pickard.

Kaleta began the season with the Buffalo Sabres, and received a 10-game suspension for a hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.

Kaleta appealed the ban, but commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the suspension.

At the beginning of November, Kaleta was put on waivers; he eventually cleared and was sent to the Amerks in the American Hockey League.

  1. thehabsnation - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Probably gonna be set back another 1 year from developing into a different player and half a season from reentering the NHL.

  2. esracerx46 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    (Seinfeld voice) That’s a shame.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Could not have happened to a nicer guy…. Not!

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Damn. I guess they’ll just have to give the 9 minutes of ice time he’ll miss the rest of the year to some other young prospect.

  5. sabatimus - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Oh darn.

  6. pmonte3122 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Say what you want, he’s a great penalty killer.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I wish I felt bad

  8. killerpgh - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    “Kaleta’s leg struck the crossbar after he crashed with Monsters’ goalie Calvin Pickard.”
    Sounds like a crazy collision. Pretty impressive if he hit his knee off of the crossbar….Not so impressive if he hurt it hitting the goal post.

  9. janoon2013 - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    At least the guy put in the effort every game and every shift, unlike many Sabres!

  10. nj666 - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    he looks like raab himself

  11. irokkit - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Kaleta sucks!!!

    Let me just say, I wish no injury on ANY player from ANY team…but Kaleta was gonna get his face pounded in anyway…it’ll do him good to get some test and think about how he wants to approach the game over the next few years of his career…of else his career will end sooner than he thinks.

    • buddysguys - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      who was going to “pund his face” I have yet to see it happen to him in his career…just wondering who said they were going to do it?

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