With the team's playoff chances seemingly slipping away following a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller took forward Patrick Kaleta to task for comments he made to the media Sunday.
According to the Buffalo News, Kaleta, who was coming off a five-game suspension for his hit on New York Rangers forward Brad Richards was not happy with the fact that the team made him a healthy scratch for Sunday's game.
"I'm pissed off. I want to play," Kaleta told the Buffalo News prior to Sunday's game. "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."
When Miller was asked about Kaleta's statements after the game, the outspoken netminder didn't hold back.
"He's being dramatic," Miller told the Buffalo News. "We're not discussing what (Kaleta) says to you guys because that's just drama and he needs to just grow up.
"He had a stupid play in a game. He sat, he was punished. He has to get over it and move on."
With more than $64 million on the books this season in salary cap obligations, the Sabres have the eighth-highest payroll in the National Hockey League. They were 14th place in the Eastern Conference at the end of Sunday's games.