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Kaleta hospitalized with neck injury (Update: No hearing for Brown)

Jan 30, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

As we previously reported, Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta left Tuesday’s game after being boarded by Toronto’s Mike Brown late in the first period.

If you missed the hit, you can watch it below (FF to :55):

Following that incident, Kaleta was taken to the hospital with a neck injury, according to He has been sidelined with head and neck injuries in the past.

“He was x-rayed here and they took a precaution,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “They took him for some further tests. I have no update.”

Interestingly, Ruff chose to defend Brown’s hit after the game.

“I thought he was sideways,” Ruff said. “Some of the obligation is on the player [being hit]. He wasn’t defenseless. It’s a tough area. It wasn’t a blatant run at a guy from behind.”

Sabres defenseman Mike Weber certainly took issue with the hit and fought Brown in the defense of his fallen teammate.

Update: According to Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, Brown won’t face a disciplinary hearing for the hit.

  1. worldseriestiger - Jan 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I’m glad Ruff made those comments, too many players are seeing a hit coming and turning their backs on the skater, to take a boarding or hit from behind call.

    You don’t like to see anyone get a neck/head injury and Kaleta looked like he got squished awkwardly, face first into the glass, but you see him face towards his own zone, he peeks and sees Brown coming, then turns his back to him, that is dangerous on his part and its nice to see a coach recognize that he put himself into a vulnerable position.

  2. capesouth - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Agree with Ruff. Disappointed bc, as much as I dislike Kaleta, he probably won’t play tomorrow against the Bs and he is good at adding emotion to the game. I was looking forward to the Bruins going at it with Kaleta, Scott, Ott, etc..

  3. steelers4385 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Sabres just suck year in and out. I hate ruff. He is not a good coach.

  4. travishenryskid - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Holy crap! Even if you actually think it was clean, you have to defend your player. How can anybody want to play for this guy? Pegula, wake up, Lindy is awful!

    • westsidewilly - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Absolutely right. Whereas I agree that Kalets had a slight opportunity to defend himself, as the head coach, ya’ gotta have your player’s back. I’m wondering if the lukewarm comment by Ruff is some sort of backhanded jab at the man. Maybe there’s some discord beneath the surface here?.

  5. donnersr - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Why would a coach defend an opponent on an item that should be sent to a hearing. Defending the opponent will probably prevent the hearing.
    Time for Lindy to Go.

    Fire Lindy now or I’ll change my Loyalties 100% to the ‘Yotes (I buy Sabres stuff now)

    Money talks BS walk……

  6. westsidewilly - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    C’mon’, Lindy — Stand by the man!

  7. nflfan4now - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Hopefully Pegula will see it is time for a coaching change before it’s too late this year.

  8. kgun80 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I think Ruff knows this is the end for him… The players have no urgency and the loyal fan base in Buffalo is fed up!! 2 minutes left in regulation and he puts Matt Ellis on the ice? The guy is a grinder but he shouldn’t have been out there. It’s time for a full scale overhaul!!

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