DUNDAS, Ont. -- The Sabres will play their third exhibition game tonight, and it will be the third time Patrick Kaleta has not dressed. Among the Sabres' veterans, only Kaleta and captain Craig Rivet (neck contusion) haven't played.
Coach Lindy Ruff, after a second question today about Kaleta's status, said the right winger is not cleared to play.
"Um, he wasn’t cleared to play tonight," Ruff said in JL Grightmire Arena. "He’ll be cleared to play Thursday. Um, it’s a little bit of, uh, neck stiffness, so he’s just been held out."
The first time Ruff was asked about Kaleta not playing, he answered: "Kaleta's not, I ... I just said I think you want to give the fans the opportunity to see your best players."
Kaleta has been practicing fully during training camp. Ruff said on the opening day that Rivet would be the only player limited during camp because of offseason shoulder surgery.
The audio of Ruff is below, complete with his thoughts on playing in a small-town rink.