Ryan Miller apologizes to teammate Kaleta for 'grow up' comment

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller deflects a shot by Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26)...

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller deflects a shot by Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) during NHL action in Buffalo, N.Y., February 19, 2013. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has apologized for calling out teammate Patrick Kaleta and admitted he shouldn't have gone public with his criticism.

Following Buffalo's loss to Washington on Sunday, Miller told reporters Kaleta "needs to grow up" after being told the forward wasn't happy about being a healthy scratch after serving a five-game suspension.

But in an interview on the Sabres website, Miller acknowledged he shouldn't have done that and said he and Kaleta have patched things up.

"I've talked to Patty, I've apologized to Patty," Miller said. "I felt like what I was told he said and what he actually said were two different things ... what he actually said sounded more like player who just wants to come back and play as soon as possible, and he's frustrated he can't be. I'm gonna try and move on from that.

"Either way, I probably shouldn't have handled it like that. But, again, I was frustrated, and I think everyone in Buffalo knows I'm prone to say stupid things that come up over the course of the season, so I just wanted to make sure that I handled it with Patty. It wasn't the right thing to say no matter what."

Miller has good reason to be frustrated this season.

The Sabres have struggled and sit 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 10-15-4 record. Miller is having his worst season statistically since 2005-06, going 9-13-4 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

BOLTS' LECAVALIER OUT 3-4 WEEKS

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is reportedly expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

Lecavalier was placed on injured reserve last Thursday after colliding with Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbrandon on March 12. He had played through a bone bruise suffered on the same foot since early February, when he was hit by a deflected slap shot from teammate Sami Salo.

"A little bit of a waiting game, and then work out hard and be ready to play," Lecavalier told the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bolts will also be without winger Ryan Malone indefinitely with a left shoulder injury, while defenceman Victor Hedman is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.

FRIDAY RETURN FOR MALKIN?

Even though Evgeni Malkin was held out of Tuesday night's tilt against the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins centre hopes to be back Friday from an upper-body injury.

Malkin was back on the ice Tuesday morning, working with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

"I hope," Malkin said of returning. "I miss hockey. I miss my team and I hope Friday."

Malkin has missed the Pens' last six games following a hard bodycheck into the boards by Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk.

BRODEUR RETURNS TO DEVILS LINEUP

Martin Brodeur is back with the New Jersey Devils, although he did not start in net Tuesday.

The future Hall of Famer was activated off injured reserve and dressed as Johan Hedberg's backup against the New York Rangers.

His season almost came to an end but surgery wasn’t needed to relieve the pain and inflammation of a pinched nerve in his back, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

"They could've done a little surgery. It's nothing crazy," Brodeur said. "But you can't play for eight or nine weeks. So that was not an option. Not that they thought about doing it. That was a last resort type of thing if, in three months, it's not resolved."

He practised with the team for the first time Monday and participated in the optional morning skate Tuesday.

PREDS BENCH KOSTITSYN FOR GAFFE

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz is making Sergei Kostitsyn pay.

The Preds forward was benched against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday as a result of an ill-timed line change while backchecking against the Edmonton Oilers that led to a 2-on-1 and a shorthanded goal. The Preds lost the game 3-2.

"That's just accountability as a player, to the coach, to the group that you have to be accountable, and he wasn't accountable there, so no he's not playing," Trotz told the Tennessean.

Kostitsyn understood his error after speaking with Trotz following the game.

"I didn't want to be in that situation with that mistake. It's life. You're going to make mistakes. I'm going to work hard to get back in the lineup."

Meanwhile, the Preds moved forward Paul Gaustad to injured reserve and called up Taylor Beck from the AHL.

KNEE SURGERY FOR SENS' MICHALEK

Milan Michalek has gone under the knife.

The Ottawa Senators winger had knee surgery Tuesday morning in New York City, the best option for him to be ready in time for the playoffs.

Michalek missed 14 of Ottawa's last 16 games as a result of the injury. He tried to play through it but after two games it swelled up again.

"We felt if we did this now, it would give him a chance to be back," said head coach Paul MacLean. "There was some internal discussions for sure. And the best case was this."

MacLean said the exact time frame will be determined after the procedure is finished, although sources say he will likely be out a month.

In 15 games this season, Michalek has two goals and eight assists.


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