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Patrick Kaleta

2/16/15? | 12:42PM: Kaleta is out 4-6 weeks. (Brooks)

2/14/15 | 7:20AM: Larry Brooks writes that the Sabres Patrick Kaleta is the exact kind of "tough, grinding depth winger" that is needed to go deep in the playoffs. (NY Post)

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The forecheck was as strong as it had been all year.

Marek Zidlicky played his best game this season. The Devils outshot the Buffalo Sabres 39-22 and even scored a power-play goal.

Yet, all that still couldn't translate into a win.

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On Saturday against Ottawa, Patrick Kaleta served the fifth game of his five game suspension for hitting Brad Richards.

Yesterday, Kaleta was eligible to return to the Sabres lineup but was a healthy scratch.

Kaleta, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, was not happy with the decision to be a scratch.

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The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for FIVE games.

Five games is the maximum amount a player can receive for a phone hearing.

The NHL announcement lists Kaleta's forfeited salary as?$76,219.25.

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1:04PM: Vogl posted the audio of his interview with Kaleta:

  • On the hearing, "I am going to go in and talk and tell my side of the story. I was told by Darcy that it is just a phone call."
  • On the hit, "I'm sorry for the position I put the team in. I was just trying to kill that penalty and I feel like a bag of garbage after seeing them score. I am glad that our team responded, I am proud of that, but I am just going to go forward."
  • On the play, "I was on the PK and you are playing a zone and you aren't supposed to finish checks. I play hard and was out on the PK and was just trying to do my job."
  • On trying to change his game, "I have changed my game, I know I have. Players have seen that and referees have come up and said that they respect what I have done so far and as long as you keep showing that respect we will respect you. I loved hearing that and that they have seen the change in my game."
  • "we will see what this phone call entails. Hopefully I will be with my teammates the whole way and I will go from there."
  • Question: "Any message for Richards?" Answer ".......................I'm fine for right now."

12:23PM: A few minutes ago, Patrick Kaleta spoke with the Buffalo media about the penalty that he took last night that sent Brad Richards down to the ice, an ejection and phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan for Kaleta and two power play goals for the Rangers.

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Last night on MSG, Al Trautwig, while calling him stupid, said that Patrick Kaleta cost his team the game lat night.

The Sabres were up 1-0 on the Rangers at the time of the hit and the Rangers followed up with two quick power play goals to take the lead.

Ryan Miller told the Sporting News, "I think we had lulled them to sleep for two periods there, and that's the risk you take being aggressive. Patty tried to be hard on the puck and made a mistake. You don't like to see that kind of hit, and we paid the price for it pretty quick."

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9:52AM: Deb Placey of MSG tweeted "If they gave Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta 20 gms he'd cease being a repeat offender."

9:15AM: Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post tweets "If you think 5gms (the max w/ 3pm phone hearing) is going to deter Kaleta from making dangerous plays in the future, you're wrong"

8:36AM: Nick Cotsonika tweets:

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Last night on MSG, Joe Micheletti and Dave Maloney had a discussion about what the league should to make a statement to try and stop players from continuing to make plays like the one that Patrick Kaleta made on Brad Richards last night.

Joe was visible upset/agitated and said "If this thing is single digits I will be upset."

Joe then said that Kaleta's past history should only increase the suspension and "it should be way past single digits."

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10:51PM: John Tortorella said on MSG, "It's probably one of the most dangerous hits I have seen. Same guys...same sh!!. It's ridiculous. I'm glad we made them pay. It's disgusting. It's a lack of respect. You need to respect what is going on on the ice."

10:47PM: Joe Micheletti said on MSG, "It makes me sick. Someone is going to get killed, or a broken neck....it has to end."

10:19PM: At the start of the Rangers post game show, Al Trautwig spoke about Patrick Kaleta and his hit on Brad Richards in the third period.

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