Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta cleared waivers on Sunday, and has now been assigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
Kaleta has not recorded a point in five games for the Sabres this season, and is coming off a 10-game suspension for his hit on Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson on October 10. In 306 career games with the Sabres, Kaleta has 27 goals and 24 assists, along with 506 PIMs. Last season, Kaleta led all Sabres forwards with 34 blocked shots in just 34 games.
In a statement on Saturday when Kaleta was placed on waivers, Sabres GM Darcy Regier said: “This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league. 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.”
Kaleta has previously played 87 games with the Amerks over parts of two seasons from 2006-08, collecting six goals, 13 assists and 242 PIMs.
The 27-year-old native of Angola, NY, was selected by the Sabres in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.