Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Kaleta’

Top Line: Ray Emery vs. Braden Holtby fight sparks rules talk; more links

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Ray Emery fights Braden Holtby

Ray Emery’s beatdown of Braden Holtby was one of the more lopsided goalie bouts of recent years. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Gary Bettman danced around a question about Ray Emery’s beating of Braden Holtby of Friday night, but not before suggesting that it was something the league’s general managers would look at. Could a rule change be on the horizon?

• Mike Russo says that the Wild could definitely use more scoring, but adds that with a promising group of kids on the roster, and in the pipeline, they may have more pressing needs than Islanders’ winger Thomas Vanek next summer. Maybe Russo is just throwing a little cold water on a rumor . . . or maybe Minnesota is hoping to send out a message that it’s not sitting around waiting for Vanek with bags of money.

• Sabres enforcer Patrick Kaleta cleared waivers on Sunday. Now what?

• Nazem Kadri has always wanted to be the go-to guy for the Maple Leafs. With forwards Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland out indefinitely, Kadri finally has his chance.

• Toronto GM Dave Nonis admits that the Maple Leafs are fortunate to be 10-5-0, and also discusses what lies ahead for the team in this interview with Mike Zeisberger.

• Great goaltending and a star player channeling his inner Jonathan Toews have made the Lightning the surprise team in the East.

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  • Published On Nov 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Sabres cut Patrick Kaleta ; Bolland’s gruesome injury; more links

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    Patrick Kaleta's hit on Brad Richards deserved a stiffer sentence.

    Repeat offender Patrick Kaleta (right) was released by Buffalo after his return from suspension. (Bruce Benett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • His 10-game suspension served, serial headhunter Patrick Kaleta was eligible to return to the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup yesterday. Instead, he found himself on waivers. Darcy Regier’s message: go to the minors and clean up your act. The move won’t be well received in Buffalo where Kaleta has pockets of intense fans, but it’s absolutely the right statement for the team to make.

    • Bucky Gleason disagrees with that assessment.

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  • Published On Nov 03, 2013
  • Patrick Kaleta’s suspension upheld by NHL; Does NHLPA dare appeal again?

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    By Allan Muir

    In a perfect world, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman would have sat patiently through the more than three hours of testimony during Monday’s appeal proceedings for Patrick Kaleta’s 10-game head shot suspension. Then he would have stroked his chin, deliberated for about five seconds and said, “You know what? Let’s make it 20.”

    Instead, he did what most observers figured he would. He upheld the suspension that was initially handed down last week by discipline czar Brendan Shanahan, ensuring that the Sabres’ serial predator would be kept off NHL ice for the better part of a month.

    Not ideal, but it could have been worse. Bettman could have bought in to the laughable defense posed by the NHLPA that no rules had been broken because “the contact to [Jack] Johnson’s head was unavoidable.” Or that Shanahan failed to consider that a “material change to the body of [Johnson] immediately prior to the hit” significantly contributed to the head shot.

    Or he could have agreed with the PA’s contention that the length of the suspension was “disproportionate and excessive” because Shanahan improperly considered Kaleta’s previous violations.

    Instead, Bettman slapped those lightweight arguments down in his 17-page decision and called out Kaleta for being the punk that he is.

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  • Published On Oct 24, 2013
  • Top Line: Sharks, Avs win showdowns; Kaleta suspension review; more links

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • It was a different kind of win for the high-flying Sharks, but by beating Detroit 1-0 in a hard-fought contest, they may have learned more about themselves than in their previous seven victories.

    • Was this the best shootout save of the year? Yeah, probably.

    • Logan Couture is in tough to emerge from a crowded group of young forwards and earn a spot on Team Canada, but he helped his cause with a solid two-way effort against the Wings last night with much of the team management watching.

    • Chris Johnston says the Avalanche were lucky to escape Consol Energy Center with two points last night, but they played as though they expected to knock off the Penguins. The new look, and new attitude, of this team has been the season’s best story.

    • SI.com’s Brian Cazeneuve had five takeaways from the game.

    • After hearing his appeal on Monday, will Gary Bettman reduce the 10-game suspension handed to Patrick Kaleta for his cheap shot on Jack Johnson? If he does, he’ll be sending a terrible message.

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  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Patrick Kaleta can learn from Matt Cooke; priciest tickets; more links

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    Matt Cooke is leading the Minnesota Wild in scoring.

    Once hockey’s most hated man, Matt Cooke of the Wild has turned the other cheek with great success. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • If Patrick Kaleta truly wants to change his game, Matt Cooke is ready to help. Anyone notice that Cooke is leading the Wild in scoring this season . . . and has yet to pick up a single penalty?

    • Kaleta is appealing the 10-game suspension he was handed for his head shot on Jack Johnson. I’d love to hear him make his case, wouldn’t you?

    • Maybe Cooke could point Max Lapierre in the right direction as well. The St. Louis Blues forward apologized on Wednesday for his hit on Dan Boyle, but that gesture is unlikely to have any impact on his Friday meeting with Brendan Shanahan and the player safety boys.

    • Tuukka Rask on facing ex-teammate Tim Thomas for the first time tonight as the Panthers visit Boston: “Maybe we’ll fight or something.” Yeah, he was kidding. Probably.

    Forbes went to all the trouble of putting together a slide show to rank the NHL’s most expensive tickets. The nice pictures almost take away the pain of these prices.

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  • Published On Oct 17, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Patrick Kaleta gets 10 games for head shot on Jack Johnson

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    By Allan Muir

    By suspending Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta for 10 games this evening, Brendan Shanahan just did everyone in the NHL a favor. Including the Sabres.

    Responding to yet another cheap shot delivered by the marginally skilled forward, this time on Columbus defender Jack Johnson, the Sheriff made the game a little safer and opened up a roster spot in Buffalo for someone who can actually play a little hockey.

    A least for the next few weeks.

    Here’s what Shanahan had to say in the video:

    “Kaleta approaches Johnson from the side and finishes a check directly to Johnson’s head. Kaleta takes an improper angle, misses Johnson’s body and does not make a full body check. Instead, he hits Johnson directly on the chin with his left shoulder.

    “No matter who delivered this hit, it would have resulted in supplemental discipline. However, the fact that it was delivered by a player who has been fined or suspended six times in the last four seasons, the last time just 21 games ago, factors heavily into the severity of the decision.”

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  • Published On Oct 15, 2013
  • Top Line: Buffalo Sabres “classless”; last days of hockey fights; more links

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    Jason Pominville played his first game in Buffalo as a member of the Minnesota Wild.

    Jason Pominville celebrated his return to Buffalo by scoring the game-winner. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jason Pominville enjoyed his return to Buffalo, but last night could have been better for the Sabres’ former captain. Mike Harrington says the Sabres showed a lack of class by not formally acknowledging his contributions to the team during his eight seasons with them.

    • Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta will face the music later today for his cheap shot on Columbus defender Jack Johnson. Chris Stevenson says it’s time to throw the book at a player who just doesn’t get it.

    • The commissioner of the USHL says he’ll review the junior league’s rules governing fighting after a player suffered a seizure following a scrap last week. Damien Cox cites that incident, among others, as he argues that we’ve entered the last days of fighting in hockey.

    • George Johnson explains the nature of medieval torture devices and says that Sean Monahan’s season rides on how he fares during Calgary’s upcoming five-game road swing. It’s hard to imagine the Flames sending him back to junior at this point, but if he looks overmatched against the California-based teams, that might be the best option for the 18-year-old.

    • The paintball and fire department training were standard team-building fare, but the Flames took a shot at something different with their latest group activity.

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  • Published On Oct 15, 2013
  • Ryan Miller, Patrick Kaleta hug it out; Sabres still brutal

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    Ryan Miller and Patrick Kaleta

    Best buddies again: Ryan Miller feels that Patrick Kaleta’s remarks were misrepresented by a member of the media. (Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It sounds as though the fences have been mended in the Buffalo Sabres’ room.

    Ryan Miller, speaking today to Sabres TV, said he’d cleared the air with teammate Patrick Kaleta after telling him through the media to “grow up.”

    “I’ve actually apologized to Patty,” Miller said. “I felt like what I was told he said and what he actually said were two different things. I’m not gonna get too far into it, but the meaning was different enough for me to react the way I did. And what he actually said sounded more like a player who just wants to come back and play as soon as possible, and he’s frustrated…which is completely what you’d expect. So we’re going to try to move on from that.

    “Either way, I probably shouldn’t have handled it like that, but again, I was frustrated and I think everyone in Buffalo knows I’m prone to say stupid things…over the course of the season. I handled it with Patty, I wanted to handle it publicly. It wasn’t the right thing to say, no matter what.”

    Miller’s initial comments came after Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Capitals. “You can get me to say anything after a loss like that,” he said.

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  • Published On Mar 19, 2013
  • Lesson in Swiss player’s paralysis for NHL, Brendan Shanahan

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    By Allan Muir

    It’s been three days since Brendan Shanahan watched video of repeat offender Patrick Kaleta shoving Brad Richards face-first into the boards and decided that this wasn’t the right time to send a message about reckless hits from behind.

    Shanny didn’t just shanked the call. He missed the point entirely. That Richards wasn’t seriously injured — although he did miss Tuesday’s game with the Flyers — means nothing. What matters is that he easily could have been because of Kaleta’s stupidity.

    If he didn’t understand that before, maybe he will now.

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2013
  • Top Line: Pens/Jackets trade rumors fly, Schneider’s sweet new mask, more links

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    Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson may be traded to the Penguins.

    On the move? Blue Jackets blueliner Jack Johnson is close to returning from a shoulder injury. (Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Three members of Columbus’ front office took in last night’s Penguins-Bolts game, leading to speculation that Jack Johnson could be headed to Pittsburgh. The Pens are looking for a signed, veteran blueliner, and have some young D-men to deal, making them an ideal partner for the Jackets. Add in Johnson’s friendship with Sidney Crosby and this one makes a lot of sense. We’ll see…

    • Whether they make a deal or not, Jarmo Kekalainen and the Jackets’ crew picked a good night to take in a game. Evgeni Malkin added another clip to his highlight reel as the Pens edged the Lightning in a thriller.

    • Cory Schneider is having a new mask painted up to wear when the Vancouver Canucks wear their Millionaires tribute sweaters. And it is a beauty. And since we’re on the subject of masks, here’s the look that new Carolina starter Dan Ellis will be rocking.

    • Speaking of Ellis, here’s another voice echoing my sentiment that the Hurricanes need help on the blueline more than another goalie in the wake of Cam Ward’s injury.

    • Someone at Lucasfilm heard about Ilya Bryzgalov’s Star Wars mask…and made him change it.

    • Tampa’s Mathieu Garon joined half the league’s goalies in sick bay after suffering an undisclosed injury. Sounds like coach Frantz Jean better keep his pads handy.

    • Here’s the perspective from Buffalo on Patrick Kaleta’s five-game suspension. Shockingly, shockingly, I say, it is sympathetic to a player who says, “I have changed my game.” That’s probably true. Last year, Kaleta would have crosschecked Brad Richards in the head instead of the back.

    • A survey suggests that Canadians favor adopting the larger European-sized ice surface. This idea isn’t going away any time soon.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2013


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