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Tortorella calls Kaleta’s check ‘one of the most dangerous hits I’ve ever seen’

Mar 3, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

John Tortorella Getty Images

The New York Rangers clearly aren’t pleased with Buffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta‘s check from behind on Sunday.

Brad Richards described it as “stupidity.” Head coach John Tortorella also voiced his displeasure to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

“It’s probably one of the most dangerous hits I’ve ever seen,” Tortorella said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Torts said the check was “disgusting” and showed a “lack of respect.”

Again, Kaleta chose not to respond (tonight, at least) while Richards indicated that he’s OK (so far, at least).

In case you’re wondering about possible retribution, the Rangers play against the Sabres two more times in 2013. Both games will take place in Buffalo; one barely more than a week away (March 12) and one near the end of the season (April 19).


Video of the hit

Richards’ reaction

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Really? Most dangerous? This beats the chara-patch incident? (I hate bringing that up, nothing against chara) or the torres hit on hossa last year?

    • magicrat13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      note he said “one of”…not “the” most dangerious hits….

  2. sabatimus - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Torty, you are, and always will be, a clown.

  3. jerseypatriot76 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    While it was an illegal and dangerous play, it is not even in my top 500 of dangerous NHL plays.

  4. 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Most dangerous? LOL!!! That whole team is taking drama classes. It was a nasty FALL!!! The hit was a shove. Richards went flying towards the boards. He was lucky he wasn’t really hurt. Although, he did put on quite a show when he was down. He acted like he was stabbed with a rusty sword.

    Almost bought in to it myself UNTIL the camera caught his smirking as he was back on the bench not even 2 minutes in to that PP.

    Torts.. YOU’VE BEEN HAD!!! LOL

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      cups I could not agree with more I was looking for the right word to describe the hit and you hit it right on its a shove ! What you are getting now from these guys is once they feel something like that SHOVE they go into a controlled fall looking for all this litigation and drama !

  5. indianhead1992 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Torts, I liked you since the Cup in Tampa, but you must have not been watching hockey the past couple of years if that is the MOST dangerous play he has ever scene.. His press conference are terrible, all I hear him is complain. After the winter classic, I lost a lot of respect for him, and now these statements makes me wonder why the NHL does not give you bigger fines for your outbreaks.

  6. johnstone17 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    As A Rangers fan, the only thing I believe Torts is on the money with is, that the hit lacks respect for a fellow player. You can’t make that hit, while your union & the league talk about player safety.

    • tlndma - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Right on Johnstone.

  7. rpiotr01 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    The ‘blame the victim’ stuff on these PHT comments sections is unreal sometimes.

    It’s no different than targeting the head – I’m always amazed that professional hockey players are willing to do this stuff to each other. The league has fallen so pathetically far behind on player safety but it’s not just the NHL, it’s the NHLPA too.

  8. philly4lyfe - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    another track that cab be added to torts whiny greatest hits album when its released. his material is endless.

  9. multiplemiggs - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    these crybaby Sabres (including crybaby Miller) tried to injure 4 Islanders in the last minute of a blowout loss but its not a story until they take one puny shot against a Ranger. *yawn* Tortarellas a bum and his act is old and tiring. Time for them to go hire the next biggest name Ruff.

    • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      its not a story because no one in the NHL world cares about the Islanders sorry to break the news to you….

  10. buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    remember when Kaleta was hit from behind and it pretty much ended his year last year….neck surgery and what not….

  11. cameltoews - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Who gives a sh!t about kaleta’s career ending last year bc he was hit from behind. It’s called karma. He shouldn’t be in the league anymore

    • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      so in your world of Karma Richards must have done something to deserve to be hit like that i guess.

  12. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Hyperbole much?

  13. kgun80 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    For all the hating on Kaleta the fact is the guy rarely commits dirty plays. He does agitate players and is very good at getting under their skin. But can you really identify 3 incidents where he made a play to intentionally injure another player? This was a dumb play but something should be said for how Richards acted like a little B@$#. He’ll still get 5 games which I don’t disagree with.

  14. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Torts is a whiny jackass – but in this case he’s just trying to get Kaleta suspended so he’s not a factor in the next game.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Yes because Lundquivst is just shaking in his boots knowing that an elite sniper like Kaleta might score on him next game. HA!

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Never said they were afraid of him scoring goals, though. There are other reasons to want Kaleta out – please see video…as a coach, wouldn’t you want him out for the next game?

  15. emoney12 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    It wasn’t even the most dangerous hit in the game, well unless he turned his head when Girardi boarded Ennis in overtime.

    • 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM


  16. pwilson264 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    as a ranger fan, was it a dangerous hit, yes it was, but Ive seen worst. and everyone like’s making cute joke’s about Brad Richards, but no matter what team you root for hits like that need to stop. no need to possibly end a players career. there’s nothing like a good hard clean check, that’s part of the game, but there’s no need for slamming a player from behind knowing that you could seriously injure

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