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Kaleta signs new two-year deal with Sabres

Wednesday, 07.21.2010 / 3:12 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Patrick Kaleta, who set career highs for the Buffalo Sabres last season in goals, points and games played, agreed to a new two-year contract with the team Wednesday. He had been a restricted free agent set to go to arbitration later this month.

The 24-year-old right wing registered 10 goals and 15 points in 55 games for the Sabres, including shorthanded goals in consecutive games in December against the Rangers and Canadiens. He also recorded his only multi-goal game of the season in that Dec. 12 outing in New York, including the game-winning tally.

A sixth-round pick by Buffalo in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Kaleta has career totals of 17 goals, 31 points and 240 penalty minutes in 153 games. He added 1 goal and 2 points in six postseason games last season.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round