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Sabres’ Kaleta suspended ’til in-person hearing

Oct 11, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing with the league’s Department of Player Safety, according to NHL.com.

Kaleta will have his hearing on Tuesday, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s game against Chicago and Monday’s against Minnesota. The fact it is in-person means the suspension can exceed five games.

The pending supplementary discipline is the result of a collision between Kaleta and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period of last night’s game. The hit was not penalized.

The video below shows Kaleta involved in a fight with Jared Boll, although a replay later on shows the collision between Kaleta and Johnson.

As per the league’s website:

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

Kaleta’s history as a repeat offender is increasingly extensive.

Last season, he was suspended five games for a hit on Brad Richards; in 2011 he received a four-game ban for headbutting Jakub Voracek; and in 2009 he received a two-game suspension.

  1. alswingman - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Kaleta needs to be ejected from the league. His skills are inferior, well below even the worst junior league player. Only Darcy Regier is stupid enough to sign this guy. He’s not even a pest. All he does is throw cheap shots and then he can;t even back it up. He clinches. He’s not a fighter. Too bad Boll did not destroy him, just landed a few good rights.

    • dueman - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      Well you look at those thumbs down….I never knew Buffalo had that many fans! Kaleta is a complete embarrassment of a hockey player. I don’t understand how Buffalo fans can even try to defend this idiot?

  2. pftbillsfan - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    The above comment is great except for its complete lack of fact or actual information that can be backed up by history.

  3. President Charles Logan - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    like i mentioned in another post , once of these days someone’s going to take a major league run at this guy , not caring about the consequence , and end his career with one hit also and put his health and well being in jeopardy . im all for some dirty, chippy hockey and i love fighting , but this guy is on another planet with the disrespect he shows for the sport . since when is nailing a defenseless player and then turtling up into a shell when challenged a cool thing and smart code among these hockey players for the better part of 2 decades now? buffalo has always had tough players to answer the bell… guys like brad may, matt barnaby , mike peca and rob ray .. but this chicken dik is an embarrassment to their pitiful franchise

  4. dan46778 - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    He should be kick out if the league… Bc that what of ppl sabers fans wanted after lucic ran over there cry baby goaile

  5. phil954 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Wow Dan. That was probably the worst grammar I’ve ever seen in a sports comment section lol.

    As for the post. As a Sabres fan, I’m tired of reading about this guy and wish the Sabres would cut him already. Nothing but problems and negative attention to the team.

  6. georgejarkko - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Kaleta and Rinaldo should fight to the death. Literally.

  7. 2qswing - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    GREAT JOB by Boler standing up immediately for the drive by cheap shot on Jack Johnson. Boll’s first game back from injury. Coward Kaleta doesn’t even stand and throw, just clutches jersey in close and takes an early dive.
    ECHL Player

  8. 7mantel - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Kaleta is like the kid in the school yard who would spit and run !

  9. bufffalojoe - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Are you kidding me. Richards hit was award winning and should have never been a suspension, this last hit was not even a penalty on the ice and was nothing the league should even look at except they replay every second Kaleta is on the ice looking for a reason to suspend him, this day NHL has gone crazy, 2min minor for a tucked jersey haha, 5game suspension for hitting someone. If you don’t want hitting, fights and hard play then take away the hockey skates and replace with figure skates. What a ……. Joke! Go on haters and hate but he’s a guy who has earned his spot on the roster for many reasons.

    • dueman - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Your name should be Buffalojoke with that comment!

      • barkar942 - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Or Rosecoloredhomeyjoe.

      • randomcommentator - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        He’s right though.

        Richards dove to sell it, he just fell awkwardly into the boards.

        What happened next? VERY next shift Richard was out there for the full powerplay.

        Shanahan is an inconsistent joke. Kessel’s “explanation” video, he talks about Kessel having no ‘prior history’ when in the same video Kessel is seen sword-swinging the crap out of some guy on the Flyers too.

        Kaleta will get his long suspension b/c he’s Kaleta and there is a history, but this hit on JJ wasn’t dirty as CBJ is trying to sell it to the league office

  10. 7mantel - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Can’t wait for him to get traded or released and return to Buffalo and give one of what you call a clean hit ! Then we’l see if you cry a different tune !

  11. bagjr387 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    OK I’ll be the guy that defends him to a certain extent…Intent to injure is obviously a problem when it comes to his play. But he plays with an edge that makes the other team worry about when he is on the ice. If he could play with the edge and try not to kill people, things would be better…Its silly but if he can distract the other team because they are worried about getting plowed over, than it works for me…He is also a good penalty killer(when he isn’t the one in the box) and defensive forward which no one gives him credit for.

    • dueman - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      There is a big difference between your “if” and what he “is.” This has just gone on for far too long is all, and he just needs to be gone.

  12. pftbillsfan - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Never knew Buffalo had that many fans???? We lead all NHL markets in ratings, playoff ratings, and Cup ratings. Sell out every game and lead the league or are in the top 5 every year in merchandise sales. Did I miss something. Oh wait Detroit has great fans right? Lets all pretend those aren’t empty seats peppering the arena, like for example announced attendance of 11k the other night, on a Friday. Wow!!!

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