Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 3 Days
Kaleta is back with the team after being snowbound for several days this week and unable to get out of his home, The Buffalo News reports.
While that ordeal is over in what's been a year of one crazy thing after another for Kaleta, he will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Washington and will instead stay back to work on skating and conditioning.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 6 Days
Kaleta is snowed in at his Buffalo-area residence and will be unable to join the Sabres for Tuesday's home tilt with the Sharks, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Despite heavy snowstorms hitting upstate New York, Tuesday's game will carry on as scheduled, despite Kaleta and a few of the team's medical personnel not able to travel to the arena. Kaleta was set to serve as a healthy scratch had he been in attendance, so his absence won't affect coach Ted Nolan's lineup plans.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 9 Days
After making his season debut Thursday, Kaleta will sit out Saturday's game against the Leafs, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Ted Nolan, "He's been out almost a year of hockey so we don't want to put him right into the fire and into games. You want to break him in, give him a little bit of time to adjust and the game the other night, Minnesota is not a slow team. So it was a little bit too quick too soon so we're just going to give it a little time."
Katela chipped in where he normally does Thursday, with two penalty minutes and a hit, but if you use him for those blue collar categories you'll need to find another option Saturday.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 11 Days
Kaleta will make his season debut Thursday, the Olean Times Herald reports.
Kaleta has not appeared in an NHL game since Oct. 10, 2013, but he will take the ice Thursday after overcoming a suspension, demotion, torn ACL, and several broken bones in his face. He should be plenty ready to play Thursday night.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 12 Days
Kaleta (face) has been added to the Sabres' active roster.
Kaleta was nearly cleared to play in Tuesday's loss to the Blues, but coach Ted Nolan decided to keep him out for one more contest. It sounds like he's healthy and ready to go, but rustiness is a concern after the winger had nearly all of last season wiped out by ACL injury before taking a puck to the face in training camp. Still, Kaleta's high-energy game would provide a boost to the Sabres' fourth line, though his addition won't aid the team's sputtering offense.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 13 Days
Although he's been cleared to play, Kaleta (face) is not expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Blues, The Buffalo News reports.
Kaleta has been jonesing to play for quite some time, and given how lethargic the Sabres have looked this season he's likely to mix it up and earn some penalty minutes when he does return. But the Sabres first need to work in Marcus Foligno (shoulder) Tuesday, so Kaleta's return looks like it will have to wait at least one more game.
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Kaleta (face) has been cleared to play, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Kaleta has been out with multiple facial fractures since September, but has finally gotten the green light from team doctors to return to action. His status for Tuesday's game against the Blues is still up in the air, but he'll almost certainly be back in the lineup by Thursday's matchup with the Wild.
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Kaleta, while seemingly close to a return after being out since late September with multiple broken bones in his face, has still not been cleared for action, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Ted Nolan, "He went to see the doctor one more time and he still didn't give him the clearance. I think he's asking the doctor every day if he's cleared. So he's chomping at the bit to get back in."
Kaleta is a good source of penalty minutes and hits. While the buck stops there in the fantasy realm, the Sabres have lacked the usual Nolan-inspired energy all season and it might help to get a sandpaper guy back in the lineup. If anything, at least they'd be a more entertaining team.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 1 Month
Although he is not ready for games yet, Kaleta has been practicing with the Sabres, WGR 550 Sports Radio reports.
Kaleta had almost every bone broken in one side of his face when he got hit with a slap shot. Kaleta is in the last year of his contract but the general manager and coach who gave up on him last year are gone so there has to be some pressure on him to get back and perform for the new staff.
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF 1 Month
Kaleta will travel with the team to California for their four-game road trip but is weeks away from returning, reports the Olean Times Herald.
The gritty right winger took a puck to the face during the preseason that required surgery will likely return in November. The 2014-15 season was supposed to be one of redemption for Kaleta, who was demoted to the AHL last year after the NHL and the Sabres told him to clean up his reckless style of play. Previously a viable source for penalty minutes, Kaleta has little use in fantasy leagues.