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Video: Does Patrick Kaleta need to change?

Mar 4, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

Brad Richards described the hit as “stupidity.” John Tortorella said it was “probably one of the most dangerous hits” he’s seen. Even the culprit Patrick Kaleta felt like “a bag of garbage” before getting his five-game suspension.

How do Keith Jones and Mike Milbury feel about the situation, though? The two analysts tackle the subject – and Kaleta’s place in the NHL – in the video below.

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  1. thomasvanek - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I am a Sabres fan but I’m a hockey fan first and I think that Kaleta gave Richards the opportunity to dive very easily and took it and that is Kaleta’s fault

    • madman6 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      You can’t be a Hockey Fan and a Sabres fan, they’re mutually exclusive. Kaleta isn’t a Hockey Player. He’s another no talent hack from Buffalo.

  2. zetaone - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I’ve been watching Kaleta since he was a rookie. While he was a little on the dirtier side when he first started out, he has changed and is a valuable part of the team now. He kills penalties great, and instigates penalties like few others in the league can. I wish they kept stats on penalty minutes drawn, I know he would be leading the league.

    The other game vs. The Devils, he got under Kovalchuk’s skin like I’ve never seen before – he had Kovy hacking and chopping him up and down the ice, while Kaleta did nothing dirty to provoke, just played his normal instigator role of chirping and hitting physically. He drew 2 consecutive minors on Kovalchuk and took him off the ice for 4 minutes. Dear Buffalomafia, tell me now how he is useless and doesn’t belong?

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    There has to be something missing in the coaching and education side of hockey for these behaviours to continue in the face of ongoing public outcry and League sanction? While appreciating repeat offenders are often demonstrably stupid, how can that stupidity be permitted to flourish? At what point in player development do they shed notions of respect and accountability to which we are all subject? Is it time to legislate sport given proven inability to legislate itself? Why are professional players in any sport permitted to play with murderous intent free of the same moral and legal obligations to which we are all bound by Statute or Common Law?

  4. kgun80 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Your right lots of no talent hacks from Buffalo.. Patrick Kane, Rob Gronkowski, Ron Jaworski, Jack Kemp, Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland…. The list goes on and on. No point in continuing because idiots like you just like to say stupid things! So sick of hearing people bash Buffalo.

  5. johnstone17 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    As a Rangers fan, I think that Kaleta has changed his game for the better over the last year. That said, what he did the other night was both stupid & disrespectful to another player. I don’t care if it’s a teams biggest star or their 4th line left wing. Your union & the league are publicly decrying the need for better player safety & plays like this are made. Did you not get the memo from the union? Take your suspension, learn from it & come back & be the player you claim you are trying to become.

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