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Kaleta signs multi-year deal with Sabres

Forward Patrick Kaleta signed a multi-year contract to remain with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced today.

Kaleta, an Angola native, has spent his entire career with the Sabres and was a restricted free agent this summer. More information will be announced at a news conference Wednesday morning.

A bruiser known more for his aggressive play than his goal-scoring ability, Kaleta led the Sabres with 116 penalty minutes last year. He was also credited with the second-most hits on the team behind Robyn Regehr, though his 139 hits were only good for 92nd in the league.

The 10 points Kaleta had last year (5+5) marked his second-highest season output, while 63 games played was a new career-best, including years the Sabres made the playoffs. A bottom-six forward, he averaged 13 minutes and 9 seconds of ice time per game.

Kaleta had a cap hit of $907,500 the last two years, according to Cap Geek.

---Nick Veronica

Twitter: @NickVeronica



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