On Saturday against Ottawa, Patrick Kaleta served the fifth game of his five game suspension for hitting Brad Richards.
Yesterday, Kaleta was eligible to return to the Sabres lineup but was a healthy scratch.
Kaleta, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, was not happy with the decision to be a scratch.
He said “I’m pissed off. I want to play. 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.”
He added “Hopefully the team will want me back here in the next couple of games.”
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller responded to Kaleta’s comments and said “he is being dramatic and he needs to grow up. He had a stupid play in a game, he sat, he was punished and he has to move on. I’m addressing it right now and I will go talk to him about it.