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Kaleta shares Ruff's frustration

Lindy Ruff said today Derek Roy is likely to play Friday against Toronto. Thomas Vanek (food poisoning) did not skate today but Robyn Regehr, who was also felled by a meal Monday at the same Toronto steakhouse, was on the ice. Andrej Sekera continues to progress. Christian Ehrhoff returned in a non-contact role but will be out until at least next week.

The highlight of Ruff's presser was the continued discussion of the apparent target on Patrick Kaleta's back from officials. Ruff said Kaleta was "a marked man" after Tuesday's game due to his questionable charging penalty, and said Kaleta has to tinker with his game to not players while coming from a large distance.

"It is disappointing," Ruff said. "I don't think good hits should be taken out of the game. I understand there's a level of concern with what's gone on with concussions but you can't take good hits out of the game. We've asked Pat to tone it down.

Ruff admitted Kaleta is frustrated. 

"He's trying to do the right things, supply some energy when he can, trying to keep his feet on the ice when he hits," Ruff said. "Obviously, he's got a target on his back."

"I'm just trying to skate and use my speed," said an exasperated Kaleta, who gave short answers and was far from his usual self while talking to reporters. "I have to find a way [to play a physical game] or else I wont be here."

Click below to hear from both Ruff and Kaleta.


Patrick Kaleta


Lindy Ruff

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

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