Today is the day the Buffalo Sabres and forward Patrick Kaleta find out how long the scrappy forward is going to be suspended for, as his in person hearing with the
department of player safety is scheduled for today at 2PM.
Convenient that the Buffalo Sabres will also be in the relative area – as they travel to visit the New York Islanders, just over an hour away.
Patrick Kalaeta has been summoned to the principles office for an incident that occurred during last Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. At the 3:10 mark of the first period, Kaleta took a run at Blue Jackets forward Jack Johnson, narrowly missing him in what could have been a very dangerous hit, as it appeared that Kaleta was looking to make contact with Johnson’s head.
Johnson was not injured on the play, nor was Kaleta penalized for the incident (he was subsequently penalized for fighting, as he fought Jared Boll).
Regardless, Kaleta has already missed two games – as he was suspended pending the in person hearing. We will find out this afternoon exactly what his penalty will be.
Given the fact that there was no injury and penalty on the play – you would hope that the NHL gives him time served, having missed the game against the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. However, Kaleta is a repeat offender and he has been suspended for activities involving the head of other players in the past.
Personally, I don’t think Kaleta will be back in the Buffalo Sabres lineup until November 2 when the Anaheim Ducks visit First Niagara Center – which will amount to a ten game suspension counting time served.
Sound off Buffalo Sabres fans – how many games do you think Kaleta will get as again the league tries to look tough on hits to the head.