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Kaleta: ‘No one is going to take liberties’ with Sabres this year

Sep 16, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

The day after a rough-and-tumble affair against Montreal, Buffalo agitator Patrick Kaleta had a message for future opponents.

“We want to establish that we are a team and no one is going to take liberties on old guys, young guys,” Kaleta told the Buffalo News. “You’re going to have to deal with all five guys on the ice. We want to establish that early.”

On Sunday, Kaleta tried to hammer home that point.

Midway through the third period, Habs forward Alex Galchenyuk rocked Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain with a big hit, to which Kaleta offered the following response:

That wasn’t all from Buffalo.

Earlier in the game, Cody McCormick responded to Jarred Tinordi’s big hit on Colton Gillies by challenging Tinordi to a scrap.

Buffalo’s team toughness has been called out in the past (see: Ryan Miller vs. Milan Lucic) and now it seems that, rather than relying on a tough guy like John Scott to handle the rough stuff, the whole team will step up if need be.

Just ask Kaleta.

“We want to be a team that’s tough to play against,” he explained. “You’re going to have to go through five of us, not just one.”

  1. supercoop8 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    There is nothing tough about what Kaleta did right there.

    • nhloon - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      So true, we’ll see how tough the Buffalo Sabres are against the likes of Boston and Tornoto, who each boast a couple fellows that could take”all 5 of us” at once.

      • travishenryskid - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I just find it funny that you picked the two teams that Buffalo beats most often. They are horrible against the Panthers and Jets of the world, but usually beat the Bruins and Leafs.

      • mpops86 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        “The likes of Boston and Toronto”

        Toronto overpays for one net-crasher and suddenly they’re the Big Bad Bruins. Good luck with that no-movement clause!!

      • thomasvanek - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Ask Shawn Thornton how tough he thinks John Scott is

    • nhloon - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      So true, we’ll see how tough the Buffalo Sabres are against the likes of Boston and Toronto, who each boast a couple fellows that could take”all 5 of us” at once.

    • ntvd7 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      When does he EVER do something tough???

      That incident with Colton Orr last year is still fresh in my mind

  2. withseidelinn - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    They already tried that with Colton Orr.. it didn’t go so well. Even for John Scott.

    • leninthebuff - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      I will guarantee you Scott will extract revenge on Orr this year. Scott’s biggest problem is he isn’t mean enough unless he has reason…with all the talk from the past with Thornton he showed what he is capable of. BTW after he dusted Thornton the rest of the series was quiet other then a Kaleta/Campbell fight. There wasn’t even much pushing and shoving after play ended. He beat McClaren the second time around and it could have been worse but after his jersey ripped he knew he had McClaren at a disadvantage and stopped. Do you think Orr would have let up. I used to respect Orr but he is a puke who is out to injure someone in a fight.

      I think Kaleta is a puke also and wish the Sabres would get rid of him, twice suspended for head butting nough said there…when he drops the gloves with someone other then a Galchenyuk then talk trash.

      • rrsm53 - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        big deal that Scott beat Thornton no height, weight, reach advantage for Scott was there. Why didn’t he go after Chara? Didn’t see him go after Lucic either, Scott fights mostly tough guys which is fine a code thing, but Thornton was game but surely overmatched but he has bigger balls than Scott plus he can play the game. What can Scott do skate back and forth and contributes absolutely nothing during a game except a presence. When the Sabres finally win something the people in Buffalo can talk. Now for the cheap shot artist and P.O.S. Kaleta someone is going to clean his clock and I hope it happens to be one of the Bruins. He started a fight the other night on a clean hockey hit. Give me a break he is pathetic just like the Sabres.

  3. amityvillefun - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    All this added muscle because Miller wandered WAYYYY to far out of his crease and got run into by Lucic and not a Sabre did a thing about it that game. So Miller cried in the press and called Lucic “gutless.”

    From Miller:

    “Lucic has 50 pounds on me and he runs me like that? It’s unbelievable,” Miller said. “Everyone in this city sees him as a big tough solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless.”

    Honestly, if goaltenders are going to come out and play the puck, I think they should be fair game for body checks! Should we add a weight limit to the league so nobody hits anyone “not in their weight class?” Is it “gutless” if Scott fights someone 50 lbs less than him?

  4. amityvillefun - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    *too far

  5. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    So Kaleta has an issue with clean hits?…….If they play that way their PK better be incredible!

  6. hockeyflow33 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Looked like a clean hit and then the hitter got jumped, not sure how that’s a great identity to have. I would think establishing yourself as a winning team would be more important but…

  7. jpelle82 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    i looked at their schedule, i mean they’re looking at a real possibility of going 1-9, maybe 2-8 in the first 10 games. pittsburgh, detroit, ottawa, columbus, chicago, vancouver, nyi, minnesota, tb…he will have plenty of opportunity to make a fool of himself (“establish that”) in a losing effort.

  8. pxland - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Keep acting like that and you’ll be doing your “policing” from the press box genius.

  9. bruceleroy1 - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Toronto?!?!? Seriously, Toronto?!?!? Lol. The bruins are tough. No doubt. I hate them for it but its legit but Toronto?!?!?

  10. buffalo65 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Neither Orr or Scott should be playing hockey. Stage fighting goons should be done away with.

  11. nicknyhc - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Kaleta is trash. Nothing more than a cheap shot artist with a big mouth.

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Kaleta is a guy most teams would love to have play for them regardless of what fans think.

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