NHL Suspends Patrick Kaleta

Updated: March 4, 2013

The NHL has announced that Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for five games, following his boarding penalty from last night’s game with the Rangers.

Kaleta was assessed a five-minute major and a ten-minute misconduct following the dangerous penalty on Rangers forward Brad Richards.

Here’s what NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan had to say about the boarding penalty.

This is not Kaleta’s first time being suspended for wrecklessness.

In November 2009, Kaleta was suspended 2 games for boarding Flyers forward Jared Ross and in November 2011, he was suspended 4 games for headbutting Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

“I’m just sorry for the position I put the team in trying to kill that penalty,” said Kaleta when speaking to WGR’s Paul Hamilton. “Putting the penalty killers out there and them getting the two goals, it makes me feel like a bag of garbage after seeing that.”

Kaleta is scheduled to return on Sunday, March 17th when the Sabres face the Washington Capitals.

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  1. Robert Logie via Facebook

    March 4, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    There is absolutely no truth to the ridiculous notion that the NHL hates Buffalo. It’s nothing short of juvenile and paranoid. C’mon, really?!?

  2. Sam Mancuso via Facebook

    March 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    The hit on Ennis was worse. It’s crap.

  3. Chrissy Roseman via Facebook

    March 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I could understand being so extreme if Richards had been seriously hurt but he returned to play and I think he should win an award for his acting!!! I have seen many hits a lot worse and the suspensions were not that severe! !! Seriously – as usual – Buffalo gets the worse consequences!!!

  4. Joseph Fliss via Facebook

    March 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Wow. Only in buffalo would someone get 5 games for that.. Would be 1 or 2 games if it was any other team.

  5. Richard Rees via Facebook

    March 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM


  6. Justin Banker via Facebook

    March 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    5 games is a bit extreme for the play. Had Richards suffered a real injury then maybe it should be considered. 5 Games for a love tap that Richards embellished is quite ridiculous.
    Look at the Zolniercyk play. He launched himself into Lundin with intent to injure him, which happened and he only got a 4 game? Oh yeah it is because Lundin isnt a star player. Kaleta shoved Richards down and there is an out cry by others to have Kaleta banned from the game.
    I believe it was a bad play and he should have been suspended two, maybe three games. But being suspended for longer than someone who deliberately takes off an opponents head, who also gets injured it ridiculous. NHL DPS really needs to look into being consistent and not biased with their decisions.

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