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NHL nails Patrick Kaleta with 10-game suspension

Oct 15, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

The NHL sent a strong message to Buffalo Sabres pest Patrick Kaleta on Tuesday, handing him a 10-game suspension for his “check to the head” of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson:

As the video shows, Brendan Shanahan claims that Kaleta took “an improper angle” and that his shoulder made direct contact with Johnson’s chin.

Shanahan said that such a check would receive supplemental discipline regardless of who was delivering it, but Kaleta’s lengthy history as a repeat offender (he’s been fined and/or suspended six times in the last four years) explains some of the severity of the punishment. This comes despite Johnson, 26, suffering “no injury” from the hit.

Kaleta has already served two games of the suspension. The 27-year-old is eligible to return during a Nov. 2 home game against the Anaheim Ducks. He’ll lose out on $152,439 in game checks.

  1. mclovinhockey - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Why does this guy bother playing hockey? I’ve never seen a bigger scumbag on ice… And I’m a flyers fan

  2. mpops86 - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    And the NHL is a safer place for ten games. Funny, I can’t remember Kaleta being a tough guy when his own goalie was blown up.

    • cg28rulz - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      he has no skill other than scumming people because he is a pu**y like the rest of the losers in loserville.

  3. pxland - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Hate on me all you want, but I think Shanahan does his job pretty well. If nothing else, he has at least leaps and bounds better than Campbell.

  4. AppealToReason - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM


  5. leninthebuff - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I’m a Buffalo fan and I say that isn’t enough…why the Sabres keep him is beyond me. His only worth is as a PK’er.

  6. sabatimus - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Good, get the F out Kaleta.

  7. stakex - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    When I first saw ten games for that hit I was shocked…. but I guess when you factor in Kaleta’s lengthy history its more understandable. Still a bit of an over reaction if you ask me.

    • joey4id - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Not surprising. This from someone who argues that it’s not proven punches to the head don”t cause concussions, yet it has been proven that elbows and shoulders to the head can cause concussions. Only a juvenile brain can have that logic.

  8. imleftcoast - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Shanahan got this one right, but same day, be brain farts on the Chimera hit from behind. His inconsistency means teams have to settle it on the ice. This over-emphasis on the repeat offender isn’t helping.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Is this the first time everyone has agreed this was a targeted hit to the head, was suspension worthy, and an appropriate amount of games???

    • blackhawksdynasty - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Umm, no….this is PHT – there are plenty of idiots on here (see @pftbillsfan below)

  10. pftbillsfan - Oct 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Wow what a complete joke. There are way worse hits where a guy gets a fine of 1500 and this hit gets 10 games? How come intent or past has any bearing? Shouldn’t the actual hit dictate the penalty. If Crosby throws a flying elbow at Giroux knowing that it may take him out for a series but because Crosby has a clean record he’ll only receive a fine why wouldn’t he? Shannahan is a joke and this is coming from someone who frankly thinks Kaleta has been useless for years.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM


  11. thesportsjudge - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Bahahhhahahhhahahahhahhahahhahahhahahahahh. Enjoy the, ummmm, whatever there is to enjoy in Buffalo for your staycation. Maybe he should read Hockey for Dummies….

    • mc321984 - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Everybody on here comments about their view on the hit, then you always that internet tough guy who attacks other peoples cities. As an unbiased person (i.e- not in Buffalo), I’m really hoping you aren’t from Columbus

      • thesportsjudge - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        How did I attack the city? I suppose I am biased against it cuz of the ridiculous amount of lake effect snow(or just in general) they get. I HATE the snow. I have also been to that city….mehhhh

    • blackhawksdynasty - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      @thesportsjudge: it’s only a 10 game suspension….not nearly enough time for kaleta to learn how to read at that level. Just buy him a Where’s Waldo book and send him to his room.

  12. mclovinhockey - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    @pftbills fan, have you ever watched hockey? If Crosby hit Giroux with a flying elbow Giroux would be suspended for hurting Crosby’s elbow (sarcasm button)

    In all seriousness, the hit was not that bad, just think the league is tired of seeing this dirt bag going out there trying to hurt everyone and figured its time for him to pay for his crap.

  13. michlight95 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    What is up with everyone in the country this buffalo gets pounded with snow. Before you throw your comments about buffalo getting snow always do your research. P.S its 64 degrees right now

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Just because it may melt fast doesn’t mean it doesn’t count. Tell me the temp on MLK day, and how much snow is there.

      • thesportsjudge - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        Also, the Avg yearly snowfall totals DOUBLES where I live, so ya, that seems like a lot of snow to me. Like I said, I hate snow, plain and simple. I used to be a courier for 10 years. F the snow. And before all the skiers jump all over me, you don’t downhill ski on the roads and highways do you?

  14. jimw81 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    cool powerpoint background

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