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The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games without pay for shoving New York Rangers forward Brad Richards from behind and into the boards.
The NHL's department of player safety announced the suspension Monday, a day after the player delivered the check in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 shootout loss at New York.
Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. The league took into account that Richards was shaken up, but returned. The league also noted Kaleta had been suspended twice before in his career.
Kaleta will lose more than $72,000 in salary, and begin serving the suspension Tuesday, when Buffalo plays at Carolina.
He's not eligible to return until March 17, when Buffalo plays at Washington.
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Katie Strang is reporting that Patrick Kaleta will have a phone hearing with The Shanna-no-ban. Per league rules, a phone hearing indicates that Kaleta will receive no more than five games if he is to be suspended at all. Kaleta’s hearing is about this dirty hit:
On Sunday night during a game with the New York Rangers, Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres boarded Brad Richards and caused the Rangers forward to writhe in agony on the ice for several moments. In a phone hearing with the league on Monday, he received a five-game suspension, which is the longest he can receive without the request of an in-person hearing. The next game in which...
Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta will likely be hearing from Brendan Shanahan in the very near future after his dangerous check on New York's Brad Richards. As Richards skated towards the boards, Kaleta shoved him from behind with his stick, sending Richards into the boards headfirst. Kaleta received a major penalty for checking from behind as well as a game misconduct for his reckless...
The Buffalo Sabres are having one of the more disappointing shortened seasons among their NHL counterparts. All-world goalie Ryan Miller hasn’t gotten much help in front of him. Giving up the third most goals in the NHL doesn’t go too far in trying to win hockey games. Nor do stupid plays like this one from Patrick Kaleta Sunday.
Kaleta, a sixth-year forward for the Sabres...
Buffalo Sabres meat head Patrick Kaleta has been one of the most hated players around the NHL for a while now. He showed us why yesterday when he checked New York's Brad Richards from behind, and sent him headfirst into the
boards. Not a pretty looking site when your neck is on the line.
Kaleta will most likely be suspended, but his disciplinary hearing this afternoon...
Brendan Shanahan has to make a decision on the nasty Patrick Kaleta hit from behind on Brad Richards which took place during the Rangers 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres last night. The Buffalo forward has a 3:00 p.m. hearing by phone.
If you're looking for some irrational defense of the hit from a big fan of the team, you won't get it here. There's no excuse for...
Brendan Shanahan dished out his heftiest punishment of the NHL season on Monday, suspending Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games after Kaleta sent the Rangers’ Brad Richards face-first into the boards with a hit from behind in Sunday’s game.
Richards returned to the game after the third-period hit — and New York scored twice on the ensuing five-minute power play before...
Patrick Kaleta's hit from behind on Brad Richards is sure to draw some attention from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan this week but, as the New York Rangers forward lay still on the ice, Richards' team and head coach took notice and responded.
After Richards was crashed into the boards by the Buffalo Sabres forward with his stick at 3:28 of the third period, the Rangers...
I could have predicted that Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety was going to throw the book at Patrick Kaleta for this dirty hit on the Rangers forward Brad Richards. If I am not mistaken, this is the longest suspension in the NHL so far this year. Kaleta has now been suspended three times for a total of 11 games by the NHL, he's starting to develop quite a name...
The Rangers website reports that Brad Richards did not practice the day after he was violently boarded by Patrick Kaleta.
However, in a piece of good news John Tortorella said that Richards will be fine and no one has been recalled from the Whale making it likely that Richards will play against the Islanders tomorrow night at MSG.
Arron Asham (back spasms) was also absent...
The New York Rangers concluded their four game home stand against the divisional rival Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. They’d be doing so without Brad Richards, still feeling some soreness after the vicious hit from behind by the Sabres Patrick Kaleta on Tuesday, which earned Kaleta a five game suspension. Michael Haley was called up from the [...]