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Sabres’ Miller: Patrick Kaleta needs to ‘grow up’

Mar 17, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller was asked about his teammate, Patrick Kaleta, being upset over getting scratched for Sunday’s game against the Washington Capitals, despite serving his recent five-game suspension.

And Miller didn’t hold back.

“He’s being dramatic,” Miller, in an audio file at BuffaloNews.com, said about Kaleta.

“We’re not discussing what (Kaleta) says to you guys because that’s just drama and he needs to just grow up.”

Oh boy. Miller’s comments followed a 5-3 loss to the Capitals. And the soap opera in Buffalo continues.

The Sabres are now 14th in the Eastern Conference, and just four points ahead of the bottom-dwelling Florida Panthers.

The often-outspoken Miller – there are reports his days in Buffalo “are numbered” – allowed five goals on just 25 shots.

Kaleta, who was suspended five games for hitting New York Rangers forward Brad Richards from behind, wasn’t happy about being a healthy scratch.

“I’m pissed off. I want to play,” Kaleta told the Buffalo News prior to Sunday’s game.

“And especially after watching some things, sitting there watching the game, I want to play. … I guess they don’t need me right now I guess. I’ve been pissed off watching for the past couple weeks. No matter if you’re a fan, a player, you guys know what’s going on. You should be pissed off. You should play with a little piss and vinegar. You shouldn’t be happy. We’re not in position we want to be in. We have to work harder, come in and do something about it.”

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