The problem is that Cooke actually has hockey skills, so he was able to change his game and still be a valuable player. Kaleta doesn't really have hockey skills.
A few games would be about right for most players in the league, but not Kaleta. The extra games are due to his rep, which I'm perfectly happy with. The big problem for him though, if he doesn't play the way he plays, he's probably out of the league. That might be best though.
I think you're wholly misrepresenting Kaleta here. He's never going to be confused with Henrik Zetterberg, but as far as bottom sixers go, he's got pretty good skating, defense, and penalty killing ability. He doesn't light the world on fire offensively, but then again he's a fourth line agitator for Buffalo, so his chances to put the puck on net are few and far between.
My old roomie was from Buffalo and I've had to sit through far more of their games than a person ever should, so I've seen quite a lot of Kaleta over the years. As I said before, he's as good as Tootoo and probably better. Kaleta's problem isn't his game, it's all between the ears.
Edited by kipwinger, 17 October 2013 - 10:23 AM.
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Get off the high horse. Not like she was 10."
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