BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is anxious to turn the page, after a season to forget.
The Angola native only played 12 total games last season, losing a big chunk of the season to a suspension and a major injury.
“What happened, happened in the past last year was a big learning experience for me and honestly a feeling I never want to have again,” said Kaleta. “So that’s my goal: to remember that feeling and not to have it happen again.”
After an early-season suspension, the Sabres place Kaleta on waivers. Every team in the league passed, allowing Buffalo to send him to Rochester in the AHL. Just when it appeared he was turning a corner, Kaleta suffered a major knee injury, ending his season.
He has been rehabbing, focused on returning to the lineup in the NHL.
“I have had a couple nights where I lay in bed and I worry about it a little bit, not playing hockey for a full year. I think about it, it’s on my mind, but when I am at the rink, I try to do everything not to think about it and prepare myself for training camp,” said Kaleta.