• Released from PTO with Sabres

    News: Patrick Kaleta (lower body) was released from his PTO with the Sabres on Friday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta was never expected to occupy a spot on the Sabres' Opening Night roster, and his recent injury woes certainly haven't helped his cause. He'll head to AHL Rochester to begin the season, where he registered four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games in 2014-15.
  • Plays Thursday, but exits with injury

    News: Patrick Kaleta played in Thursday's preseason contest, but later exited with a lower-body injury and will not return, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta was dealing with a lower-body injury last week, and that is the same designation of the injury that forced him out of Thursday's contest as well. There's no indication of whether it was an aggravation of the previous issue or not, but the Sabres will likely take precautions to ensure players don't suffer a long-term injury. The 29-year-old doesn't stand much of a chance at making the Opening Night roster, but his trouble with injuries certainly doesn't help.
  • Kaleta Will Attend Sabres Training Camp On PTO

    News: Patrick Kaleta signed an AHL contract with AHL Rochester on Saturday, and will attend the Sabres' upcoming training camp on a PTO.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta is likely a long shot to secure a spot on the Sabres' opening day roster, and wouldn't provide much in terms of fantasy value even if he were able to do so. He registered three assists and 36 PIM in 42 games with Buffalo last season.
  • Sabres' Kaleta Will Play Thursday

    News: Patrick Kaleta (knee) has been activated from injured reserve and will suit up Thursday against Arizona, the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta hasn't played since Feb. 10 after undergoing minor surgery to remove bone chips. The physical winger should be ready to go and will certainly be looking to provide some energy for his team, so expect some hits. Kaleta has just 32 PIM in 33 games this season after promising to dial back on fights and unnecessary penalties, which is good for the team but detrimental to his fantasy value. He's expected to play on the fourth line.
  • Sabres' Kaleta Still Hopeful For Thursday

    News: Patrick Kaleta (knee) skated with the team Wednesday morning and remains hopeful to play Thursday against the Coyotes.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta, who has been out since Feb. 15 with the knee issue, will be assessed by the Sabres' medical staff later Wednesday. If Kaleta receives a positive report, look for coach Ted Nolan to plug the winger back in on the Sabres' fourth line.
  • Sabres' Kaleta Could Be Ready For Thursday

    News: Patrick Kaleta (knee) could be ready to play Thursday against the Coyotes.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta took part in Tuesday's optional practice with a few of the Sabres' other injured skaters. The winger, who has been sidelined since Feb. 15 after having bone chips removed from his knee, could take part in a full practice with the team Wednesday, which would improve his prospects of suiting up for Thursday's contest.
  • Sabres' Kaleta Nearing Return

    News: Patrick Kaleta (knee) was a full participant at Friday's morning skate.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta, who had surgery to remove a bone chip last month, could return Friday night against the Devils. Head coach Ted Nolan indicated that he'd like to give Kaleta a little more rest before he plays him, so that makes Kaleta's status questionable rather than probable. The hard-nosed winger has three assists and 32 PIM in 33 games this season, so his impending return won't prove bountiful enough for fantasy owners looking for an extra edge in peripheral categories.
  • Sabres' Kaleta Goes Through Full Practice

    News: Patrick Kaleta (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: It was Patrick Kaleta's first full practice since he underwent a minor procedure last month to address a bone chip. While Kaleta's return to practice suggests he's nearly fully recovered from the injury, coach Ted Nolan noted that the winger is likely to miss the next three games in order to build up more mobility and strength in his knee. Expect Kaleta to be activated from injured reserve at some point next week.
  • Sabres' Kaleta Practices Saturday

    News: Patrick Kaleta (lower body) took part in the Sabres' morning skate Saturday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta, who relayed Saturday that he had a bone chip in his knee, once appeared in line to miss the remainder of the season. However, with the winger working hard in his rehab over the last couple of weeks to get back on the ice, it looks like a return may not be far away. Once Kaleta gets in a few more skates, the Sabres should have a better timeline for his return.
  • Sabres Not Shutting Kaleta Down For Season

    News: Coach Ted Nolan reiterated Thursday that the Sabres are hoping to have Patrick Kaleta (lower body) back before the end of the season.
    Analysis: Patrick Kaleta resumed skating last week and has been "working hard" to rehab the lower-body injury, which required minor surgery. He was initially ruled out for a 4-to-6 weeks in mid-February, so it seems like he could have a legitimate chance to return to action later this month. Once he's back healthy, Kaleta won't offer much late-season intrigue in the fantasy realm, as he's contributed no goals and three points in 33 games this season.