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Hard-hitting Kaleta is back with Sabres after all

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--For a while last season, the Sabres thought Patrick Kaleta's NHL days might be over. The hard-charging and on-the-edge player was suspended and repeatedly penalized for his hits, and coach Lindy Ruff publicly wondered whether Kaleta would have a place in the league. Apparently, the organization changed its mind, signing the restricted free agent to a three-year deal that averages $1.275 million. "It's an amazing feeling being part of a team I love to play for," said Kaleta, a Buffalo native who has played parts of six seasons with the Sabres. "It relieves a little bit of stress, and now I can put all my focus toward training and getting ready for the season."

--The Sabres have teamed with USA Hockey to produce the inaugural All-America Prospects Game, scheduled for Sept. 29 in First Niagara Center. Designed to boost players' profiles, the roster boasts 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL draft. At least 28 of the 40 are future NCAA Division I college players.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"What I would say about Shane's situation is that I admire the level of loyalty he's provided to Phoenix. He's spent his whole career with that organization, and I think that's meaningful and I admire that. But in the event he's not going to stay there, we certainly do have an interest." -- General manager Darcy Regier on unrestricted free agent Shane Doan.

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