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Kaleta undecided on further appeal

Oct 25, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

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The day after his 10-game suspension was upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is undecided if he’ll take his appeal to the next (and final) level, according to Buffalo News reporter John Vogl.

Kaleta has six days left to appeal to a neutral discipline arbitrator, whose decision would “be final and binding in all respects and not subject to review,” per the CBA.

If Kaleta does opt to take his argument to a neutral arbitrator, he would be the first player to explore that option under the current CBA.

To read Bettman’s ruling released yesterday, click here.

“Regrettably, Mr. Kaleta stands out for his repeated violations of — and seeming indifference to — the Playing Rules put in place to protect other Players, and, particularly, other Players’ heads,” Bettman wrote. “Specifically, Mr. Kaleta has committed a series of other serious, head-related Playing Rule violations in each of the four most recent prior seasons.”

  1. bgrillz - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Just serve you time you bag, and instead of whine and say it’s not fair, spend some time reflecting and looking in a mirror and make changes so that this doesn’t happen again.

  2. joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    He should save himself the trouble. Call Cooke.

  3. shortsxit34 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Wish they would double suspensions when guilty parties waste everyone’s time.

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