Kaleta Suspended Five Games For Hit On Richards

NEW YORK — Given his style of play, Patrick Kaleta can make it difficult for people to respect his actions as a hockey player.  Given that he dodged the press and left others accountable for his hit from behind on New York’s Brad Richards, and it’s even harder to respect him in any regard.

The National Hockey League came down hard on the pesky Kaleta, suspending him five games without pay for his checking from behind penalty in the third period last night.  According to a league release, Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA, and will lose $76,219.25 in salary as a result of his actions.

Kaleta might not have been talking after the game, but the Rangers sure were.

“We were all not happy about it, clearly,” J.T. Miller told The Trentonian.  “That’s a star player of ours and a respected player around the league.”

Rick Nash, who had his best game since returning from a mysterious upper-body injury, was also asked about the incident.

“I didn’t get a good view, so I can’t comment on it,” he said.  “But Richie takes a lot of hits, so for him to stay down it was obviously a tough one.”

According to reports out of New York, Richards did not practice with the team today — although he did come back in Sunday’s game — and his status for Tuesday’s tilt against the Flyers is uncertain.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com


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