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Columbus’ Johnson upset with ‘blatant’ Kaleta headshot

Oct 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is none too pleased with the elbow Patrick Kaleta laid on him early in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Buffalo.

“I thought it was blatant,” Johnson told the Columbus Dispatch of the hit, one that went unpenalized but earned Kaleta an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL.

The hit in question (at 0:28):

Kaleta is suspended pending his Tuesday hearing with the Department of Player Safety, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s game against Chicago and Monday’s against Minnesota.

That punishment wasn’t enough for Johnson, though. He went about trying to exact some of his own personal justice late in the game, and got it with a big bodycheck in the third period.

“Yeah, I was looking for him,” Johnson said. “Absolutely. I was going to hit him whether he had the puck or not, to be honest with you.

“If he doesn’t show any respect for us, we’re not going to show any respect for him. It’s a two-way street.”

According to the NHL, Kaleta is facing supplemental discipline for an illegal check to the head. If punished, it’ll be the latest blemish on his lengthy rap sheet: 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 for hitting Philly’s Jared Ross.

  1. jb8588 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    This guy is the new Matt Cooke.

    • dueman - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      I think you mean, this guy is the old Matt Cooke.

  2. ma52c - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Except Matt Cooke has some ability to play the game, this coming from someone who can’t stand that asshat either.

    • sfp311 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      That’s exactly what I don’t get, what he really brings to the table. He’s a decent penalty killer from what I’ve seen, but even penalty killers have another skill that allows them to be employed by an NHL team. This guy can’t fight and does this kind of stuff on a regular basis. Please throw the book at him Shanny.

  3. mydadyourmom - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Can’t fight? Youtube Kaleta vs. Dorsett.

    • dropthepuckeh - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Agreed, he can scrap….

  4. mattypbillsmafia - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I say this constantly. I wish the Sabres would just cut ties with this trash. He does a couple of things really well and that’s it: A.) Skate into the boards as hard and fast as he can while barely touching the player he was going after, resulting in the boards waving back and forth while “fans” think he laid a big hit on someone B.) Getting hurt C.) Getting suspended for stupid $hit D.) He’s an ok penalty killer on a young team in need of leadership.
    He’s a terrible player that is only on the team because of the fact that he’s from the Buffalo area and there are a lot of casual fans that think he’s great… I don’t get it. Lose him and bring up another youngster. P.S. FIRE DARCY REGIER

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      You may be my favorite Buffalo fan. Keep telling it like it is. You have earned my respect.

      • mattypbillsmafia - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Thanks, like I said there are a lot of casual hockey fans in Buffalo (Also a lot of die hards), so they think Kaleta is great for the things he does. I remember people like Razor and May being actual tough guys (although I think Ray got taken to the woodshed more often than not, but he never backed down) and we used to have a REAL pest that wore 36. Barnaby was great at getting under players skin by playing chippy, not stupid. I still remember he used to get death threats at whatever hotel he was staying at. I wish Pegula would wake up and realize how awful Regier is. He lucked out with Briere and Drury, and has been riding that success ever since. It sucks and the Sabres will continue to be a joke until he’s gone. Oh, btw great move the other night Vanek, jk please trade that stat whore too. He and Roy used to pile up meaningless points at the end of games we’d be getting blown out or up big. He’s garbage. You want him and his skate when you feel like it attitude Minnesota? PLEASE take him!!!

  5. dropthepuckeh - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Based on his history and the in-person hearing you have to imagine he gets 7-10 games. Eventually this will be enough of a deterrent for the player and the team to no longer tolerate this type of play. Cooke didn’t “change” because he felt bad about hurting people. He was a liability to his team and he was losing paychecks. There will always be marginal players who cross the line, the important thing is to have the system in place to make them and their team accountable. Let’s hope Shanny gets it right. Given the abundance of concussions recently, I think he will.

  6. 7mantel - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Dropuck, is right ! Cooke stopped being a complete jerk because Shero read him the riot act ! Stop begin a liability or your gone !

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