The NHL handed a 10 game suspension to Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta on Tuesday following his hit to the head on Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. Kaleta has already served two games of the suspension and will be able to return to the ice on November 2 against the Anaheim Ducks.
NHL Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanhan, noted that the fact that Kaleta is a repeat offender factored into the decision to suspend him for 10 games. Kaleta, who was not penalized on the play, will forfeit $152,439 of his salary.
Kaleta Suspended For 10 Games
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Im not the biggest fan of Kaleta as I believe he runs around and takes stupid penalties that hurts an already sorry team but this (10) game suspension is absolutely ridiculous. Brendan Shanahan is pitiful and obviously partisan when it comes to the Sabres organization compared to the constant outrage on the ice every night that gets ignored. The cheap shots left and right whether its Ovechkin boarding guys at full reckless speed or guys like Dustin Brown elbowing guys in the head and getting a slap on the wrist. Its consistenly pathetic and Shanahan picks and chooses who gets nailed and who doesnt. What a d-bag.
Head Inside for More.....
No pun intended
NHL is a joke. Boring to watch, turning into the NBA. Didn't Bettman run that, too? Tickets are not worth the money.
the hit was nothing. the nhl's do-we-don't-we suspension policy, coupled with the sabres being as dismal as they are....i'm so turned off by pro hockey right now..
The hit was not on purpose I have seen many many that are worse on done to injure This is waayyy too harsh .
Do they keep this guy???
A waste of a Jersey
Let's make it Forever
Can we finally say goodbye to this cementhead? With the team in the shape its in can't we find another "disturber" who can possibly develop into a useful fulltime player? Kaleta has proven over several seasons he is incapable of staying in the lineup either due to injury or suspension. And when he is healthy what does he rally bring. No offense, a little penalty killing capability and yes, some heart. But is that enough for a player who adds nothing offensively on a team starving for goal production? I would much rather invest the ice time and salary in a Corey Tropp type player who could someday be a valuable addition to this team on both ends of the ice rather than an official's target and brittle Pat Kaleta.
If Kaleta was a Leaf...
Shanahan would have gave him only 5 games if he was a Leaf.
This is horrible with Kaleta in the lineup and out of it. The only thing now that changes is hopefully the young players like Girgensens and Grigorenko (?) get more ice time to work through their learning curve; cant be any worse than some of the chumps in the lineup like #'s 21, 57, 20 and 63. Do all of us TRUE Sabres fans a favor Pegula and sell the team. Youre doing a grand injustice w/allowing Regier to run this team into the ground
The penalty this guy gets
for a play that "grazes" another player and does not draw a penalty costs $153K???? Kaleta indeed made a mistake but the NHL is a joke. It's Nascar on ice. Can't take it seriously because they lack the integrity to manage their own sport. The on ice officials look like idiots when the front office constantly pulls this garbage.
biggest cheap shot artist in the league
should of gotten 20 games,rather have fighters in the league than this little weasel
I'm sorry but this is ridiculous! That wasn't even a hit!!
Will the Sabres ever learn to stop playing stupid?
Judging from the low wattage bulb of a coach and GM they have...the answer is a resounding NO!
What a Joke
I was hoping the NHL would have thrown him out of the league. We need goal scoring, not idiots.
RE: If Kaleta was a Leaf ???
RIDICULOUS!!! The ONLY reason "BUCKETHEAD" Kaleta is even in the NHL is because WALMART lets him. If it wasn't for DEADHEAD DARCY and cheapazz WALMART Kaleta would be at GEICO because he FLUNKED out of high school! Kaleta is the most DESPISED player in the league and is an INSULT even to the goons in the NHL. IDIOT!
Suspension a joke, Kaleta is valuable
The people who cannot see what role Kaleta has on a team do not have an understanding of NHL Hockey. He is a good penalty killer and fourth line enforcer. He adds a dimension of apprehension to the opposing team.
Brendon Shannahan is definately biased towards Kaleta. I'm tired of his agenda and it's target being Patrick. That hit to the head is a 2 game suspension MAX. Was it even a real hit to the head? The guy barely moved. I'd like to hit Shannahan.
I still dream of having a team with another "French Connection".
Re: Suspension a joke, Kaleta is valuable
Thank you! Someone gets it. Shannie is a joke.
Re: If Kaleta was a Leaf...
True knowledgeable hockey fans like those in true hockey markets like Leaf Nation would never accept a player like Kaleta playing for their team. On the other hand, Buffalo...
Re: Suspension a joke, Kaleta is valuable
Do you really think people in Buffalo understand hockey, let alone the NHL? Road hockey does not count. Leaf Nation!
Lot to be proud of up there....if you were born between 1930 and 1950. Every team won the cup when there were only 5 other teams in the league. Got nothing in 47 yrs. to boast about.
Kaleta a despicable little asswipe
kaleta is a despicable loathsome piece of garbage. He is a talent-less sub fringe who cheap shots others, and whose sole purpose is to goad good players into taking penalties. He and others like him are the reason why the NHL still needs goons to beat the snot out of little jerks like this.
And the guy who removed most of his teeth and a piece of jawbone with his stick? He got, what, 2 games? Sure; Patty was only a Sabre.
RE: Remember LaFontaine?
Well maybe you should too...
In the LaFontaine case, Jamie Macoun was slashing at "Patty" below the waist, but the stick caromed off one of "LaFontaine's arms" and hit him in the jaw.
That was not, in the opinion of those reviewing the videotape, Macoun's intent. So, he was not suspended.
But Hey... don't EVER let THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY at WALMART! HELLO??????????
Go back to your drugs...
Kaleta, Ott, Scott, McCormick
I know the Sabres need toughness, but there isn't room on the roster for all 4 of these guys. Would be nice to get an elite veteran forward on their roster.