BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Patrick Kaleta on waivers, the team announced Saturday.
Kaleta, a native of Angola, sat out the last 10 games due to a suspension. He was eligible to return to the line-up tonight, however General Manager Darcy Regier decided to free up a roster spot by releasing the 8-year vet.
"This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league,” Regier said in a statement released by the team.
“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 had earned a reputation around the league and with the NHL as a 'repeat offender'. Back in March, Kaleta was suspended for four games after boarding NY Rangers forward Brad Richards. He also sat out four games in 2011.
Kaleta has 27 goals and 24 assists in 306 career games, all with the Buffalo Sabres.