|Pat Kaleta (Getty Images)
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent winger Patrick Kaleta
Kaleta was previously scheduled for a club elected arbitration hearing later this month.
"I had to look at it in a way that the team wanted me to play here next year no matter what," Kaleta said of bypassing the arbitration and getting a deal done. "I'm proud of what I've accomplished so far personally as a hockey player in Buffalo. Hopefully it's only a small portion of what I can do."
Kaleta (6/8/1986, 5’11”, 205 lbs.) set career-highs in goals (10), points (15) and games played (55) during the 2009-2010 season. Kaleta also picked up two points (1+1) in six playoff games. Overall, the Angola, NY native has appeared in 153 NHL games with Buffalo, collecting 31 points (17+14) and 241 penalty minutes.
"I hope to be an even bigger contributer this year offensively and continue to improve my game to another level that a lot of people don't think I can play at," Kaleta said.
Kaleta was selected by the Sabres in the sixth-round (176th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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