Here comes trouble … at least to training camp.
Patrick Kaleta received a professional tryout with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. That agreement also includes an AHL contract with the Rochester Americans.
The super-pest garnered at least some interest from around the league, but as something of a dying breed, he obviously couldn’t lock down an NHL contract.
He’ll instead need to turn/punch enough heads in Buffalo during the next few weeks to earn a spot. Going into the summer, that was a more likely proposition than it is today, as the Sabres have enjoyed arguably the most dramatic makeover of any team.
Buffalo may lean toward a deal that allows the 29-year-old to hop between the AHL and NHL in 2015-16, maybe bringing him in when injuries hit or donnybrooks are likely.
Winnipeg Jets’ pending unrestricted free agent Michael Frolik isn’t the only player who has taken advantage of the opportunity to speak with other teams.
The agent for Sabres’ pending UFA Patrick Kaleta tells PHT that he “talked to a number of teams” regarding the 29-year-old’s services.
Since Thursday teams have been allowed to have dialogue with other team’s pending UFAs leading into July 1.
Kaleta’s three-year, $3.75 million deal is set to expire on Wednesday.
“I know his preference is always to stay in Buffalo, he’s a local boy and he loves it there,” said Anton Thun. “At the end of the day he has to have a hockey career and if it’s not in Buffalo, then we’ll explore elsewhere.”
Due to injuries Kaleta has appeared in just 82 games total over the past three seasons.
Kaleta appeared in 42 games for the Sabres in 2014-15 registering three assists, a minus-11 rating and 36 penalty minutes while averaging just under nine minutes a night in ice time.
The agent for Patrick Kaleta and Sabres’ GM Tim Murray are expected to have contract talks this week.
Kaleta’s three-year, $3.75 million deal is set to expire next month.
Anton Thun tells PHT he hopes to have a better idea of where his client sits with the Sabres heading into the NHL Draft (June 26-27).
The 28-year-old appeared in just 82 games total over the past three seasons.
He missed much of the 2013-14 season after tearing his ACL in November 2013.
Kaleta then missed the start of the 2014-15 season after taking a puck to the face in the preseason.
He also missed time this season after undergoing surgery for his lower body injury.
Kaleta appeared in 42 games for the Sabres this season registering three assists, a minus-11 rating and 36 penalty minutes while averaging just under nine minutes a night in ice time.