On Tuesday, Oct. 15 it was announced that Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta had been suspended for 10 games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson during a game on Oct. 10.
The incident occurred 3:10 into the first period of the game, yet no penalty was assessed to Kaleta on the play.
However, Kaleta received a phone call from NHL Disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan the following day to schedule an in-person hearing regarding the hit. With the hearing being scheduled for Tuesday, Kaleta was suspended indefinitely pending the outcome.
After the hearing, Shanahan levied a 10-game suspension for Kaleta, with two games having already been served prior to the hearing.
Due to being suspended on three previous occasions, Kaleta is considered to be a repeat offender, and will forfeit $152,439 of his salary. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Kaleta will be eligible to return to the Sabres lineup on Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m. Eastern.