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Headbutt rebut: Shanahan suspends Kaleta for four games

Nov 3, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended Buffalo Sabres F Patrick Kaleta four games for headbutting Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek.

Here’s the video explanation:

Another solid breakdown from Shanny, complete with footage of two more flying Kaleta headbutts: One on Travis Zajac from Oct. 2010 and another on Tobias Enstrom from Feb. 2011.

Firstly, congrats to Kaleta for coining the phrase “serial flying headbutter”. The only other individual known for repeat offenses of this nature is E. Honda from Street Fighter (and his signature finishing move, “The Sumo Headbutt”.) Some elite company there.

Secondly, a question: At what point does someone decide to become a human projectile? That’s a pretty serious conversation you’ve got to have with yourself. “Look head, I’m gonna launch you into unsuspecting opponents. And I’m going to do it often. In fact, it’s going to be our thing.” Bizarre.

Another bizarre aspect of the incident is that Kaleta wasn’t even penalized on the play. This may be because there’s no penalty for “being insane”, but it’s more likely the officials 1) didn’t see it or 2) saw it, but couldn’t believe it actually happened. I’m going with the latter.

As for the fallout: Kaleta will miss games Nov. 4 vs. Calgary, Nov. 5 at Ottawa, Nov. 8 vs. Winnipeg and Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa. He will be eligible to return Nov. 12 at Boston, but not before he forks over $19,621.64 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. rowbear - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Whether you agree with Shanny’s rulings or not, you have to love how he lays everything out and explains it.

    • quixotissimo - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      definitely agree there. This new transparency is a thousand times less frustrating than the infamous “wheel of justice” that Colin Campbell was so proud of.

  2. spiffy53 - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    notice the list of players this idiot has done this to? some real tough guys. kaleta is a gutless worm.

  3. missthemexpos - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Times are good these days for the Players Emergency Assistance Fund with Shanny handing out the punishments.

  4. danphipps01 - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    “Did Patrick Kaleta just spring-load his head into Jakub Voracek? I think Patrick Kaleta just spring-loaded his head into Jakub Voracek.”
    “Should we call roughing or something?”
    “No, man, I need to stand here for a few minutes and try to wrap my head around the fact that that just happened.”

  5. hank10 - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Department of Player Safety. That’s a Bingo!

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