The losing continues for the Buffalo Sabres. The sell-off awaits. Now you have to wonder if the inevitable implosion of the dressing room is beginning.

Cracks certainly began to show after Sunday’s pregame skate when forward Patrick Kaleta – eligible to play for the first time after serving a five-game suspension for an ugly boarding incident with New York Rangers star Brad Richards – was furious to learn he would be a healthy scratch for the game against the Washington Capitals.

Instead of going right back in the lineup, Kaleta was again a spectator for the 5-3 loss in the Verizon Center. Cynics might say several players who were in uniform played a similar role at times, especially when the Sabres were allowing three goals in a 5½-minute span of the second period. They are 1-3-3 in their last seven games and have slipped to 14th place in the Eastern Conference

Kaleta was clearly agitated by the team’s 1-2-2 record during his suspension and seemed particularly disturbed by Saturday’s overtime loss to Ottawa. The Sabres took a 2-0 first-period lead in that game and then became onlookers the rest of the way. In addition, Ottawa agitator Chris Neil ran around pell-mell drilling Buffalo players before veteran Robyn Regehr finally fought him.

“I’m pissed off. I want to play,” Kaleta said. “And especially after watching some things, sitting there watching the game, I want to play. They don’t need me right now, I guess. I’ve been pissed off watching for the past couple weeks. No matter if you’re a fan, a player, you guys know what’s going on.

“You should be pissed off. You should play with a little piss and vinegar. You shouldn’t be happy. We’re not in position we want to be in. We have to work harder, come in and do something about it.”