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Ott having ‘hard time’ with Kaleta suspension

Oct 18, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

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Steve Ott has come to the defense of Sabres teammate Patrick Kaleta, questioning Kaleta’s 10-game suspension for a headshot on Jack Johnson.

“It’s hard because there’s no injury on the play,” Ott told The Buffalo News. “I have a hard time with it for that simple fact. Is it suspendable? Absolutely, as in the guy could have really been hurt.

“But could have is not good enough for me.”

Kaleta, 27, will reportedly appeal his suspension, which was handed down on Tuesday. NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan noted the decision was reached because of the Johnson incident and Kaleta’s lengthy rap sheet, as he’s been either fined or suspended six times in the last four years.

On that last point, though, there’s a catch.

“Repeat offender” status as defined by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement means a player who has been fined or suspended in the past 18 months.

Under that umbrella, Kaleta has only been suspended one time, for boarding Rangers forward Brad Richards last season. All his prior transgressions happened more than 18 months ago.

But, it’s worth noting this 18-month window only applies to the way the player’s forfeited salary is calculated. A repeat offender forfeits 1/82nd of his annual average salary for every game suspended; for non-repeat offenders, that ratio drops to 1/195th (the denominator being days in a season, rather than games in a season).

It remains to be seen how effective Kaleta’s appeal will be. One thing worth noting is that another notorious repeat offender — Phoenix’s Raffi Torres — got his 25-game ban for hitting Marian Hossa reduced to 21 games.

  1. sjtorpitt - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM


  2. pxland - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Steve Ott = Genius.

    “But could have is not good enough for me.” Implying what?

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Oh, Ott no… It’s bad enough everyone is already laughing at your team. Do not add to it with stupid comments like that.

  4. sjtorpitt - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    He’s basically telling Kaleta that next time he should really hurt someone to deserve a suspension.
    He’s also saying hits like this are OK, UNLESS someone gets injured.

  5. blue21c - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    One cement head coming to the aid of another

  6. skeeterbarnes - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    So because his neck wasn’t broken it’s OK? There’s some sound reasoning.

    Kaleta and Ott are both the kind of cheap shot artists that deserve to get tossed.

  7. whammy71 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Kaleta was suspended for his actions…not the end result. And that is how it should be.

  8. buddysguys - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    thi ssuspension stinks!!! Now the Sabres have lost a 3 goals scorer in Kaleta!!! How will they make up the lost production???

  9. buddysguys - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    thi suspension stinks!!! Now the Sabres have lost a 3 goals scorer in Kaleta!!! How will they make up the lost production???

  10. bgrillz - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I didn’t hear him running to Matt Cooke’s defense when he elbowed Girardi in the head, and didn’t hurt him, while receiving a season and playoff long suspension. Dope!

  11. charlieconway96 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    “Listen officer, yes, I did have a gun when I knocked over that liquor store but I didn’t shoot anyone! All I wanted was a couple of 40’s, can you let me out of the cell now?”- Steve Ott

  12. joey4id - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I get it now. Steve Ott’s PHT alias is stakex. “No injury equals no penalty”. After all if Boyle doesn’t get hurt there would be no suspension let alone a penalty and same for McLeod…..

  13. imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I guess the guy who fires a weapon into a crowd of people shouldn’t face charges if he doesn’t hit anyone.

    Brilliant stuff

  14. thesportsjudge - Oct 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I hope IF there is a reduction, it is only by 1 game.

  15. bronxsanman - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I’d like to hear his reaction if he were on another team and this cheapshot artist piece of garbage did this to one of his teammates.Its amazing how anyone would come to the defense of one of the dirtiest players in the history of the N.H.L. Way to go jerk-off.

  16. shoobiedoobin - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    So a suspension is determined now by the complete randomness of a bone breaking or a muscle tearing?

    Logic just flies over the head of some people.

  17. beermeone - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    My Captain My Captain
    He is sticking up for his teammate. Saying it the right way? Of course not! Pretty boneheaded message but the point of a C standing for a teammate is not far fetched now is it?
    Ten games IS too much in this instance even for Kaleta. Appeal will knock off three, maybe four games.

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