Kaleta buries hatchet with Ott

Patrick Kaleta, January 31, 2012. (QMI Agency/PIERRE-PAUL POULIN)

Patrick Kaleta, January 31, 2012. (QMI Agency/PIERRE-PAUL POULIN)

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Patrick Kaleta has had a few run-ins with fellow tough guy Steve Ott.

But now that they are teammates with the Buffalo Sabres, Kaleta figures they will get along fine.

He told the Buffalo News that when he and Ott met, they "buried the hatchet right away."

"When you play against somebody, you always don't like them right off the bat," Kaleta said.

"And (when you become teammates), you're like, 'Oh no, how is this going to go,' but off the ice you realize he's a great guy and I know for sure he's going to be a great asset to the team and a good teammate of mine."

Kaleta, a 26-year-old right winger, signed a three-year, $3.75-million deal this week to remain with the Sabres.

Ott, a 29-year-old centre, was acquired last month in a trade with the Dallas Stars.

Both are scrappers: Ott has 1,170 penalty minutes in 566 games; Kaleta 434 penalty minutes in 267 games.

They also play a style that annoys the heck out of their opponents. Kaleta was rated as the second-most hated player in the league and Ott was fifth in a Hockey News poll last year.


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