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Richards on Kaleta hit: ‘That’s stupidity’

Mar 3, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

Brad Richards AP

To little surprise, New York Rangers star Brad Richards isn’t happy about the hit Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta delivered on Sunday night.

He wasn’t shy about sharing his disgust with ESPN’s Katie Strang, either.

“That’s not even a head shot. That’s stupidity,” Richards said.

The 32-year-old center went as far as to question Kaleta’s presence on the ice.

“If we’re all gonna look at each other’s numbers and ram each other from behind head-first into the boards it’s gonna be a tough game to play,” Richards said. “That’s not hockey. I don’t know what game he plays, actually.”

Kaleta, 26, declined to comment immediately after the game.

Richards told Strang that he was “very fortunate” to return quickly, but didn’t say that he’s totally out of the woods yet (he essentially said he’s OK … so far).

We’ll see if he’ll be good to go on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Brendan Shanahan might be interested to see if he manages to play, too.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Richards was back with a slimy smirk 2 minutes in to the PP. Dangerous hit, yes. Did Richards act like a soccer player when he was acting like he was shot by a mortar? Yes.

    • stakex - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Did you even see the replay? Let me hit you into the boards like that and see if you have the same opinion.

      Also, if he was just acting he would have skated to the bench, not the locker room, since the call was already made.

    • magicrat13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      you might want to go back and watch the play again…

      “if” richards was not hurt bad, it was nothing more the dumb luck….that was about as dangerous a play and bush league play you will find…if tjhe nhl does not suspend kaleta then they should just eliminate all suspensions….

  2. President Charles Logan - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    He’s old and over the hill .

    • govtminion - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Well, that makes it ok to throw a dirty hit on him, since he’s old and all that. Thanks, Doc.

    • pwilson264 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      brilliant comment, i would expect a comment like that from a 2yr old. because he’s over the hill,

  3. aklolzer - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Exactly, no suspension IMO. I dislike Kaleta but that was a soccer style fake out.

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Kaleta doesn’t even belong in the NHL! He can’t score or skate! The only reason he is on the Sabres is cause he is from Buffalo!

    With all the good players Buffalo has in either Rochester or Junior A how does this bum even play? Sabres need scores not goons?

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    every now and then, the onus should be on the diver to decide whether or not they have ample space between themselves and (anything) that could maim, concuss, (etc.) themselves with before they go into the act. This is such an occasion. Did Kaleta push? Yep. Has he earned a reputation in which the ref (s ) would be right to expect him to do something stupid? Yep. Was it careless on his part? Not half as careless as the dive was, but yes.

    • tlndma - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      People do not “Dive” headfirst into the boards. Kaleta’s history will lead to 5 games minimum. That Richard’s wasn’t severely hurt was luck.

      • thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        I said he dove without recognizing where he was. Correction….Kaleta hit a NYR @ MSG. It won’t be less than 10 games. Severely looks like the wrong word here…Richard s played dead until the moment Kaleta was led off the ice, then caught a breather and came right back.

  6. mancave001 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    If he doesn’t get suspended at least four games, every Philadelphia Flyers fan is going to lose his mind. Including me.

  7. bradkaz96 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Sabres fan here

    This hit should get Kaleta suspended, I agree with that 100%. Its a dirty play and Richards could have gotten seriously injured. With that said though Richards did the best fake “Im hurt” acting job I have ever seen. He laid on the ice for a minute in excruciating agony only to be out on the powerplay 30 seconds later. Im all for a suspension but I hope Richards “antics” play a factor in the length of it.

    Give him a game or 2, remember he was ejected from this one too.

  8. nycheesehead - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    You people claiming Richards took a dive head first into the boards are morons and most likely have never laced up the skates yet sit in your ex chair trying to be relevant. Kaleta is classless trash, Richards could have been paralyzed. He should be kicked out of the league. Can’t wait to see Kaleta get what’s coming to him.

    • 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Such a moron. Because someone doesn’t see things through your ranger goggles it must mean they never laced them up. I’m willing to bet that YOU have never laced them up on ice. If you had, you would be aware that players commonly try to draw penalties all the time. Sometimes they just miscalculate the risk and DO get injured. But if you ever played the game, you would already know that.

      Go lace up your old disco quads, and bust out that old Mylec stick and ball. That’s about all you ever did

  9. travishenryskid - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Pretty sad embellishment. If the boards weren’t there, would he have fallen? Of course not. Richards embarrassed himself.

    • andrewsabourin13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      well to bad there are boards there… you just embarrassed yourself with that comment

  10. bbk1000 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Shanahan has an axe to grind against the Rangers for some reason, he suspends them for nothing and their opponents can do as they please against them…it’s a joke…

  11. cameltoews - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    You can tell most of you have never played a physical sport in your lives and you just comment from the comforts of your basements couch. Ever hear of stingers before? Sometimes they can hurt so bad you think you may be in trouble only to fade away after a little bit of time.

    • magicrat13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      a stinger….that is exactly what i thought when i saw the hit and his reaction….luckily they are usually temporary….

      and i agree, most of these posters only experience with physical injuries is carpal tunnel syndrom….

    • huhsj - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      I was thinking the same thing about all the people saying he embellished. You get one of them and your fingers start tingling and you will react the same way Richards did.

  12. nosefacekillah - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    My first impression was 5 games, no doubt. I could not beleive Sabres fan even defending it. Made me go back and watch it, again and again. I have changed my mind.

    The hit was more of a shove, and not a big one. It looks like Richards choice of moving the puck deeper into the zone gets him off balance enough to drop to his knees with his arms out of position to support himself. The boards are too close and Richards headbutts the them.

    If this play was at the dot nothing would have been called. Richards would have moved the puck as he dropped to his knees and play would have continued.

    This was no where near as bad as it looked. Kaleta still gets 1-3 games based on history AND the fact the game no longer allows these pushes/hits from behind in that 4-6′ zone away from the boards. Too many plays end badly.

    • huhsj - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Of course boarding would not have been called if it happened at the dot. You kind of need to be near the boards for that to happen. The rules change near the walls and everyone knows this so player need to realize they cannot knock people over when they are near the boards.

  13. flyersfan67 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Hard to say what was better acting and embellishment, Richards or ovechkin. After the hit, looked like he would need a stretcher to get off the ice, then 1 minute later he’s out on the powerplay. Embarrassing

  14. bufffalojoe - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    WAIT!!!! what about when tyler ennis was hit into the boards during overtime from behind? Because he has no interest In a Oscar it’s not as big of a deal as RichardsI? I think everyone is sick of hearing “Kaleta can’t this and that” when it comes to heart on the buffalo sabres Kaleta is one of the only fwds to show it. He’s not the same Kaleta he was when he first entered the game! He can skate and he gets the occasional goals from driving to the net, I’ve never seen a game where it didn’t look like Kaleta left it all on the ice after each shift… Sorry but in my book that’s the type of players that contribute success.

    • 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      I agree 100%

    • nikolainyr - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Difference in Girardi hit on Ennis, is that Ennis turned immediately before hit hit. Richards made no changes in positioning before getting tossed into boards. Shanahan points that stuff out in every video.

  15. cameltoews - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM


    How can you say kaleta is the type of person that wins games? His selfish act, regardless of what you think about it, caused this very team to lose the game. If he never hit Richards from behind the rangers do not score those two goals. So clearly he is the type of person that loses games for your team.

    • 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      he said CONTRIBUTES to success. Lots of role players do that

  16. smurlasstache - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Richards should learn to skate. It looked bad, I agree. But Kaleta barely nudged him. Richards was already off balance and made himself defenseless. It’s a contact sport, Brad. Take some responsibility for putting yourself in that position.

    • 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      He dove. Clear and simple. Whats worse, is he also pretended to have been injured badly and was back yukking it up with the guys on the bench about it 2 minutes later.

      • bbk1000 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        You are a fool, quite and simple…..

        I can put it in fingerpaint if it helps you understand……please don’t eat the paste….

  17. cameltoews - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    He contributes to nothing. You are an idiot if you think Kaleta will win you a game. He certainly will lose you one though. That’s not drawing a penalty you are an idiot. You can clearly see he did just enough to put him off balance bc richie was clearly leaning forward. If you think kaleta didn’t use that to his advantage you are blind.

  18. cameltoews - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I guess his own teammate miller was also wrong by saying you don’t want to see hits like that in the game as well.

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