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NHL schedules hearing for Kaleta over Brad Richards hit

Mar 4, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was booted from Buffalo’s game against the New York Rangers on Sunday for checking star forward Brad Richards from behind. The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for this afternoon to determine if further punishment is warranted, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

It will be a phone hearing, which means that Kaleta can’t be handed a suspension that lasts longer than five games.

If you missed the hit, you can view it below:

Fortunately that hit didn’t end Brad Richards’ night, but he wasn’t shy about voicing his displeasure over the incident.

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

“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 added. “That’s not hockey. I don’t know what game he plays, actually.”

Rangers coach John Tortorella felt that the hit was “ridiculous,” “disgusting,” and showed a “lack of respect.”

The Rangers did more than just voice their displeasure though. When Kaleta hit Richards, Buffalo was up 1-0 in the third period. The New York Rangers scored twice during the ensuing five-minute major and earned a 3-2 shootout victory.

“I think it maybe woke the Rangers up a little bit,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said in a Sporting News report. “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.”

Sabres coach Ron Rolston added that the team has “to be smarter in that situation.”

It looks like Kaleta doesn’t have many defenders of his hit.


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

Richards on Kaleta hit: ‘That’s stupidity’

  1. xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Get ready for the Sabres fans to moronically comment “HE EMBELLISHED!” Richards was leaning forward to grab the puck when he got cross-checked in the back. If you’ve played hockey you know when you’re in this position and you get cross-checked like that, you’re gonna go down. Dirty, dangerous hit. Suspension will confirm.

    • bigblackzaranek - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Dumb play by Pat, but maybe the NHL needs to look at the Rangers medical department as well. For such a dangerous hit, where the head drove into the boards, the team didnt take near enough time to do a proper concussion exam.

      • johnstone17 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Your a doctor?

      • stakex - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Well Doctor, if you actually watched the replay you would see that his issue was not with his head. He was holding his arm (possibly a shoulder/collar bone injury).

        Virtually every sizable hit could cause a concussion. If you expect teams to do a proper concussion exam every time theres a big hit, even if the player says his head is fine, there won’t be anyone left on the ice by the 2nd period.

      • jaysaucer - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        What about this boarding hit by Girardi to Ennis’ head later in the game? Is this not as bad for some reason? Because it didn’t happen to a Rangers star? Stop crying Torts and Richards.

      • bigblackzaranek - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        johnstone, I’ve worked directly under a medical officer in iraq and afghanistan, even the simplest test requires 10 minutes to complete, and i’m positive given the history of concussions presented by Mr. Richards, that any doctor would take more of a precaussion to anyone who went head first into the boards. Any other questions?

      • bigblackzaranek - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        and statex, you are correct, any hit can cause a concussion. However, most players dont stay down after a hit. But given the mechanism of injury and the point of impact on this hit, one can make an accurate guess as to the probability of a concussion.

    • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      here come all the moronic flyers fans to be complete hypocrites!!!!

      • xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Explain how my comment was hypocritical.

      • bigblackzaranek - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Mike Richards in the 2010 playoffs ring a bell?

      • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Bourdon on Gerbe last year?????

        do i have to list the flyers dirty hits and cheap shots? I don’t have that kind of time.

      • xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Hmm that’s weird I don’t remember talking about any other hits in my original comment. Just the Kaleta one. I’ll have to go back and reread it to make sure I didn’t miss something.

      • xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        And PS. the hit on Gerbe last year was dirty. Sooooo hypocritical isn’t the correct word

      • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        no your original comment was about Sabres fans saying he embellished (nobody said that either) which to be quite on honest he looked like he was a little weak in the knees before he even got to the puck but whatever. The hypocritical part was the fact that you are flyers fan snidely commenting on a dirty hit that will result in suspension.

      • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        PS i can like my own comments too…..

      • xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        2/3 of all Sabres fan comments on PREVIOUS articles all considered it embellishment. And I only like my own comments when I’m right.

      • xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        PS. I attached the definition of hypocritical because you’re clearly still not getting it.

        Hyprocritical: professing feelings or virtues one does not have

      • buddysguys - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        great job you found a definition of word on the internet……

        hypocrite ; a flyers fan who says that other fans make moronic comments.

        i found one too!!!!!

      • xflyersx - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        It’s all relative buddy

    • mrhocke11 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      I agree 100% only the people who either never played hockey or just sucked at it say he faked that hit….especially a player of richards standing, we arent talking about sean avery here…please if you dont know the sport shut the hell up!

  2. govtminion - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I’m not a fan of the Rangers, I’m even less of a fan of Richards… but I almost clapped when he got up to skate off the ice. When he went down and started twitching like that, I thought for sure he’d broken his neck for a bit. Glad he’s ok.

    • ihatethejets23 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Come on, “twitching”? It was embarrassing how much of an acting job that was. He clearly dove as Kaleta did not hit him in any definition of a “hit”.

      • stakex - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Spoken like someone who has never played hockey a day in their life.

        When you lean in for a puck like that, it does not take much of a shot to send you head first into the boards. I could perhaps understand some fat guy whos idea of exercise is lifting his arms to stuff his face to not understand that…. but Kaleta is an NHL player. He certainly knew what he was doing, and how dangerous the hit could be.

      • tfaltin - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        I’ve read a lot of dumb comments about this hit, but this one needs to be addressed.

        He clearly dove as Kaleta did not hit him in any definition of a “hit.”

        You’re right, it was not a hit. It was a cross check into the lower back on a defenseless player. Defenseless in this case means that he had his numbers to Kaleta, and weight on his toes trying to corral a puck. What do you need to see? Kaleta extends his arm, with his stick up, and makes contact in Richards back. Kaleta’s a strong kid, and can easily knock down an off-balance skater with that motion.

        Come on, “twitching”? It was embarrassing how much of an acting job that was.

        Stop denying and admit that it was a dirty hit from a goon of a player. If he was acting he probably would not have sent his neck into the boards at a 75 degree angle from his spine. If he had control enough to dive, he would have made sure his shoulder and hip hit the boards, not his f______ neck. Also, anyone who was watching live saw his eyes when the camera zoomed in. They were bugging all over the place. Futhermore, it’s not like we’re talking about Marchand or Ryan Kesler here, Richards has never been called a diver. Realize that Miller and Rolston aren’t condoning the play, so the Sabres fans (forgive the generality to those who can admit it) should get over it as well, and call it what it is: Unacceptable. Plus, wouldn’t the Sabres be better if Kaleta wasn’t seeing the ice?

        I would agree with commenters above that the Rangers medical staff should have kept him out longer.

      • mrhocke11 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        You are obviously not a hockey player, nor do you know anything about the sport or richards. In his entire career hes never faked an injury ….you shouldnt even speak especially when you dont know what youre talking about

  3. cameltoews - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    The NHL is a joke. Repeat offender. Less than 5 games. These types of hits will not stop until someone breaks their neck or worse. shanahan needs to go.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Shanahan has the worst job….but I don’t think he’s doing that bad making sense of the madness this year. He’s seen a lot of BS for what it was, and suspended where he needed to.

    • therealjr - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      No, the NHLPA is a joke. The NHL is simply tasked with constantly having to clean up their mess. These hits will not stop until the players stop doing this do each other, the NHL is powerless to stop it, they can only keep suspending guys.

      Why is the NHLPA not gathering in a room, playing all these hits and looking each other in the eye asking, “WTF are we doing out there?”

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      These hits are not common though?

  4. rpiotr01 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Ryan Miller, besides being a world class goalie, is apparently also smarter than 90% of Sabres fans. There is no excusing a hit like that, and I’m shocked at the amount of people who would even try to defend an utterly reckless, useless and unnecessary hit.

    Most of the time maybe a cross check like that turns out OK. A few times the player will hit the boards awkwardly and get hurt like Richards did. One of these times the player is going to hit the boards awkwardly and not get up again. Is it worth the risk? Shouldn’t the NHL and NHLPA be sending the message in the strongest possible terms that it ISN’T worth the risk? What’s the point of allowing this stuff to continue – do they think NHL fans pay to see that sort of garbage?

    • rabidbillsfan - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I’m not condoning the hit, but really? It was right in line with most GMC majors, I don’t really see the need for an excessive suspension. Sure, Kaleta plays on the line sometimes, but I didn’t see the intent to cause injury. It could have been a whole lot worse, and for somebody who was writhing in pain and also face planted into the boards, he made a pretty quick recovery. The only thing “stupid” about it was that Kaleta took it while already being a man down. Again, not condoning the hit, but I have seen much worse this season.

      • jb8383 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Agree, I think the 5 minute major and game misconduct was enough.

  5. rfcdubya - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I’ve watched the play quite a few times and if kaleta was trying to hurt richards he could have hit him much harder.Richards wa taking his time on the boards which kaleta clearly took exception too and got carried away. It appeared that richards was surprised that kaleta can’t out that far on the pk more than anything else. That being said kaleta should probably be suspended until they pay the rangers on the 12th. People need to stop freaking out because it was brad richards (who appears to have lost a step thus far this year)

  6. jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    throw the book at him

  7. keith8 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    The next time they play each other is on the 12th.

  8. nicknyhc - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    How could anyone with a pair of eyes say that this wasn’t a dirty play? He hits him in the back knowing that he’s got nowhere to go but into the boards. It doesn’t take much to knock someone over when you shove them from behind, especially when they’re on skates….this isn’t playstation.

    I can’t believe Sabres fans would accuse Richards of diving on this play. Why would anyone in their right mind dive head first into the boards and risk a head concussion or broken neck in a 1-0 regular season game when they’re already on the powerplay? Hahaha seriously?!

    • dirte42 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      maybe it has to do with the part of him smiling after getting to the bench, then not missing a single shift…..

      • nicknyhc - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        So in your opinion if a penalty is committed against a player then that player shouldn’t be allowed to smile ever again? Haha.

        He didn’t get seriously injured, luckily. But that’s not the point….the point is Kaleta had no regard whether or not that hit would have resulted in a serious injury. I think a lot of people would be singing a different tune if Richards was in intensive care right now with a broken neck.

        Come on, even Ryan Miller said it was a bad hit! If Richards was on your team you would applaud him for being a trooper and finishing the game.

  9. buffalomafia - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Kaleta doesn’t belong in the NHL! How many goals does he have in his career?

    • dirte42 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      aside from last nights bonehead mistake (it was a bad move to hit him there, regardless of how much richards embellished), there are few players in the nhl that are better on the PK.

  10. thesportsjudge - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Dirty hit, from a dirty player, from a dirty organization, born in the dirty suburbs or dirty Buffalo. Go figure.

    • zetaone - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      How are the Sabres a dirty organization lol? Kaleta isn’t even really a ‘dirty’ player. He receives WAY more dangerous and ‘dirty’ hits than he gives. Unless you watch him play full games and not just from youtube videos, you have rational grounds to judge, “judge”.

      • thesportsjudge - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        5 games for a clean player? Or is it cuz of all the times he DOESN’T hit people he only got 5?

  11. zetaone - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    If this was the Bruins that boarded Richards, they would have been reenacting Richards twitching while laughing in their dressing room after the period.

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