By John Vogl
Patrick Kaleta's first three games in Rochester have featured one goal and no penalty minutes, which is the ideal recipe for a return to the Sabres someday.
Buffalo sent Kaleta to the Amerks at the conclusion of his 10-game suspension to have him redefine his game. He scored short-handed Monday for the Amerks' only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Lake Erie. The eight-year NHL veteran has one goal, two points, a plus-1 rating and no penalty minutes in his first three games back in the AHL.
(Say what you will about Kaleta, but here's a fact. The Sabres' penalty kill was 93.3 percent with him. It is 75.5 percent without him.)
The Amerks return to action Wednesday, and they'll have a big addition. Joel Armia, the Sabres' first-round pick in 2011, is ready to debut after breaking his hand during training camp.
The Amerks lead the Western Conference North Division with a 5-3-4 record. They'll have a logjam starting Friday, though. Provided no one gets hurt Wednesday, Rochester will have seven veterans -- forwards Kevin Porter, Mike Zigomanis, Jamie Tardif, Drew Bagnall, Matt Ellis and Kaleta, plus defenseman Alexander Sulzer -- but can dress only five per game because of league rules.