NHL notebook: Sabres place Kaleta on waivers

NHL linesman Brian Murphy watches Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith as he fights Buffalo Sabres...

NHL linesman Brian Murphy watches Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith as he fights Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta March 26, 2010. (REUTERS/Gary Wiepert)

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, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

The Buffalo Sabres have a message for Patrick Kaleta: Get your act together.

After the winger finished serving his 10-game suspension, the club promptly issued their own form of discipline and placed him on waivers Saturday.

“This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres.”

What the move does, essentially, is give Kaleta a chance to either clean up his game away from the NHL or allow him to become another team’s problem. If he’s not claimed, he will report to the AHL’s Rochester Americans.

Putting Kaleta on waivers also gave the Sabres room to activate Corey Tropp from injured reserve.

Kaleta has been suspended 19 games over the past three seasons, the last ban coming after a hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson.

In 306 career games with the Sabres, Kaleta has 27 goals and 24 assists, along with 506 penalty minutes.

NO HEARING FOR EMERY

The NHL announced it won’t discipline Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery for his role Friday in a line brawl against the Washington Capitals.

Emery received 29 penalty minutes on the night, including a game misconduct, after instigating a fight with an unwilling partner in Caps goalie Braden Holtby.

“(Holtby) didn’t want to fight and I basically said, ‘Protect yourself,’ ” Emery told reporters after the game.

According to ESPN, the league pondered punishing Emery for his actions but ultimately decided against it as there is nothing in the rulebook to support supplemental discipline in cases such as this. The NHL decided not to amend the rules.

In injury news, Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier is day-to-day with a facial contusion as a result of the brawl. Newly acquired forward Steve Downie is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion in a separate fight.

STARS IN COLUMBUS

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday the Columbus Blue Jackets will host the 60th NHL All-Star Game in 2015.

“Columbus is an ideal host city for our all-star celebration,” Bettman said. “The facilities are first-rate, the Blue Jackets are exciting and entertaining and the fans passionately support their team and our league. Our players, sponsors, media and guests are looking forward to being in Columbus for the all-star activities.”

The festivities will take place Jan. 24-25 and will also include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

The Jackets were slated to host the events last season, but those plans were trashed due to the lockout.

“The all-star celebration is a marquee event featuring the best players in the world and the Blue Jackets are thrilled to be able to bring it to central Ohio for our fans and community,” Blue Jackets owner John P. McConnell said. “Columbus and the arena district offer an unmatched setting for this celebration of hockey and the NHL’s commitment to having the event here speaks volumes about the support of our fans and the strength of our market.”

SCOTT AND McGUIRE

John Scott has a beef with Pierre McGuire.

The Buffalo Sabres tough guy blames the NBC sportscaster for giving fans a worse impression of his headshot on Boston Bruins winger Loui Eriksson.

“I think Pierre McGuire shooting his mouth off right after the hit got that on a lot of peoples’ minds,” Scott told the Oleans Times Herald.

“'It’s a late hit, it’s an elbow, it’s a high hit.’ He was just kind of throwing out all these different things, just hopefully one will stick. It wasn’t a late hit. It was just kind of an unfortunate circumstance.”

Scott said he had a frank discussion with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan and won’t appeal his seven-game suspension for the hit. He also said he’ll “err on the side of caution from now on.”

“I just got to be a little more responsible and really pay attention to how the other players, how his head lines up, if he’s vulnerable in any way,” Scott said.


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