Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Briere vs Kaleta

The last several years, I've felt that Tim Connolly was the most overrated Sabre while Pat Kaleta was the most underated. A recent poll amongst active players had Kaleta as one of the most hated players in the NHL. I assumed it was because of his aggressive style. Kaleta has made a name for himself by being willing to hit players. However, if this story is true, it might shed some light on why opposing players have serious disdain for the Angola native...

Briere had been emotionally charged up, and more than a little angry, since early in the game. "Honestly, one of their young guys said something to me that was personal and crossed the line," the former Sabre said. "It got me fired up a little bit more than it usually does."

A Flyers source said Patrick Kaleta made comments to Briere and teammate Scott Hartnell about their divorces early in the Flyers' 5-4 overtime victory, which evened the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at three games apiece.

I've never been a big fan of Daniel Briere, however, he's been the MVP of the series, from what I've seen. If Kaleta said what is reported, it's too bad. He should know better than to bring outside stuff into a game. He's an energetic, aggressive player who should let his play speak for itself. Talking about opposing players failed marriages? Come on Kaleta! What does that have to do with hockey? Score a goal or deliver a great hit. That's what the fans want to see. Not this WWE nonsense.

Flyers' Briere gives lessons in leadership - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News

Both Briere and Kaleta could learn lessons in sportsmanship from these guys...


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