Sabres agree to re-sign Kaleta

Patrick Kaleta cashed in on his pesky role with the Buffalo

Sabres by agreeing to a three-year, $3.825 million contract with

the team on Tuesday.

A person familiar with the contract provided the terms of the

deal to The Associated Press shortly after the Sabres announced the

agreement had been reached on Tuesday. Kaleta is set to make $1.275

million each season, according to the person who spoke on the

condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the

numbers.

That means Kaleta earned a $300,000 raise over what he made last

season.

Kaleta was a restricted free agent, whose rights were retained

by the Sabres in June when they extended him a qualifying

offer.

From nearby Angola, N.Y., Kaleta has played four full seasons

with the Sabres after being selected by Buffalo in the sixth round

of the 2004 draft. He had five goals and 10 points, and a

career-high 116 penalty minutes in 63 games last season.

Overall, Kaleta has 50 points (26 goals) and 434 penalty minutes

in 267 career NHL games.

The Sabres have focused on adding grit this offseason to a

high-priced team that underachieved last year by missing the

playoffs. Buffalo’s already added forward Steve Ott in a trade that

sent center Derek Roy to Dallas in early July.

Buffalo has yet to re-sign playmaking center Tyler Ennis, who is

also a restricted free agent.