Patrick Kaleta, forward for the Buffalo Sabres, has officially been suspended for ten games. He’s been given the suspension for an illegal check on Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets last week.
According to ESPN,
The punishment, which will cost Kaleta $152,439 in lost salary, was handed down Tuesday by the league’s Department of Player Safety. Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ association.
However, this isn’t the first offense Kaleta has on his resume, which might be why it is a ten game suspension and not something smaller.
Kaleta was suspended for five games last season after he shoved New York Rangers center Brad Richards from behind and into the boards. That ban cost Kaleta $72,000 in salary. Kaleta was suspended two other times earlier in his career.
There was no penalty on the play which happened in the first period of what would be a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.
It has also been announced where Kaleta’s money will be going, all $152,439 of it.
Kaleta’s lost salary will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. He is eligible to return Nov. 2 against Anaheim.
The Sabres are still winless through their first six games, and not having Kaleta on the ice could be a factor in determining when the next win will come.