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Least-respected player in the game?

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07:35 AM ET 10.15 | For some players, such as Matt Cooke of the Wild, putting their past behind them has become a campaign, of sorts. Then there are dangerous players like [Patrick Kaleta] who repeatedly disrespect opponents and put their opponents' careers in jeopardy. Kaleta hasn't gotten the message, like Cooke did. Shanahan, who will have a hearing with Kaleta Tuesday to hear Kaleta's explanation of his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, has a chance to give Kaleta a life-changing message (not so much for Kaleta, but for the guys he might think about hitting in the future). By the nature of the game, there are always going to be dangerous hits in hockey. Things happen fast. In Kaleta's case ("There might not be a guy who has less respect around the league," said one player), there's no benefit of the doubt.

Ottawa Sun

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October 15, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Well maybe. But he's certainly helped Buffalo get off to a great start. Oh, wait.

October 15, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I don't think Cooke has gone out of his way to endear himself to other players. Not so easy to put his past behind him.

October 15, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't think Cooke has gone out of his way to endear himself to other players. Not so easy to put his past behind him.

Indeed, guys like Kaleta, Cooke, marchand....punks one and all

October 15, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't think Cooke has gone out of his way to endear himself to other players. Not so easy to put his past behind him.

I think Matt Cooke resents not being #1. He might do something about it soon.

October 15, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Indeed, guys like Kaleta, Cooke, marchand....punks one and all

You could make an argument for putting Marchand in the punk category. But, the other two? "Punk" is too nice a word to describe them.

October 15, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You could make an argument for putting Marchand in the punk category. But, the other two? "Punk" is too nice a word to describe them.

Indeed, but the particular anatomical reference that most befits them probably wouldn't have gotten past the mods

October 15, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You could make an argument for putting Marchand in the punk category. But, the other two? "Punk" is too nice a word to describe them.

Marchand can score, at least on the ice, twenty plus seasons to go with his toughness, so I give him a pass.

October 15, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Marchand can score, at least on the ice, twenty plus seasons to go with his toughness, so I give him a pass.

*goal* seasons

October 15, 2013  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Indeed, but the particular anatomical reference that most befits them probably wouldn't have gotten past the mods

Sphincter muscles? Excrement repositories? Sure it will. :-)

October 15, 2013  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Marchand can score, at least on the ice, twenty plus seasons to go with his toughness, so I give him a pass.

Agree. But ... I hate him! Wish he was wearing red and white.

October 15, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Indeed, guys like Kaleta, Cooke, marchand....punks one and all

Two of the three have cup rings.
Not hatin', just say'n.

October 15, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Sphincter muscles?

which one? Arent there 3 in the human body?

October 15, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You could make an argument for putting Marchand in the punk category. But, the other two? "Punk" is too nice a word to describe them.

yeah--I dont think I would put Marchand in the same bucket with the other two.

October 15, 2013  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't think Cooke has gone out of his way to endear himself to other players. Not so easy to put his past behind him.

Sure he has, he's gone to the Wild, where if you hit someone, nobody hears it, or sees it...

October 15, 2013  01:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

yeah--I dont think I would put Marchand in the same bucket with the other two.

Indeed.

Kaleta is dangerous. Nothing to do with hockey. He runs around and targets guys, not even watching the puck. Loved what Orr did to him last season - embarassed him on his own rink. Guys should do that to him every game. Wait until every tooth has been "extracted" by goons, until he plays with a little more respect. His own teammates wouldn't even mind, as they are often called into the fray to protect him from players after he hurts someone.

October 15, 2013  02:05 PM ET

Subban. Come on!

October 15, 2013  02:41 PM ET

I find him delightful

October 15, 2013  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I find him delightful

He's just misunderstood.

October 15, 2013  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Sure he has, he's gone to the Wild, where if you hit someone, nobody hears it, or sees it...

Wild? I thought you meant a Coyotes home game

 
October 15, 2013  03:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

which one? Arent there 3 in the human body?

I am pretty sure Salma Hayek has none. She is perfect.

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