Judging by the interwebs this morning, it seems that most hockey fans have had enough of Patrick Kaleta and all his antics. Once again during the Buffalo Sabres first pre-season game, Kaleta was up to his usual antics and didn’t make too many friends after he
jumped Canadiens youngster Alex Galchenyuk and started a massive scrum.
It’s no secret that Patrick Kaleta is one of the most disliked players in the NHL for the things he does on the ice during the game and between whistles. Whether it’s running a guy into the boards, hitting him after the whistle, sucker-punching an unprotected player or shying away from a real tussle with another NHL tough guy, there is always something happening with Kaleta. It’s rare for the Sabres to play a game and not have an incident with Kaleta and that’s not good for a young Sabres team.
Yes, the rookies are going to need some tougher veterans to protect them this season, but Kaleta is not the right guy. Last night was a pre-season game, a meaningless pre-season game for some players and Kaleta was running all over the ice trying to injure players. You have to love Kaleta’s effort/dedication to his team but, he just doesn’t play smart hockey, and that costs the Sabres more than it helps. When Kaleta is on the ice, you’re not going to have many calls go his way, and more times than not he’ll be the one sitting in the penalty box while the Sabres will be forced to kill off another stupid penalty. He’s the type of player who wears his emotions on his sleeve, except he needs to learn to reign in those emotions so they don’t hurt his team.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about Kaleta’s game is his unwillingness to actually drop the mitts and fight. You want to be a tough guy in the NHL? Fine, drop the mitts with other tough guys. Don’t jump other teams star players or young rookies. One can’t play the way Kaleta plays and not drop the mitts at the odd time to back it up, you just can’t.
So my question to you. We know the rest of the NHL is fed up with Patrick Kaleta, but are Sabres Fans beginning to get fed up with Patrick Kaleta as well? Do the Buffalo Sabres really need him/ have room for him on the roster?