Sabres' Kaleta Suspended 2 Games

Scott TemekusContributor INovember 28, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 26:  Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes is knocked to the ice after being hit by Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres during the game on February 26, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sabres' Kaleta Suspended 2 Games

"Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #356 against Philadelphia Flyers forward Jared Ross, Friday afternoon, the National Soviet Hockey League announced today"

Wonderful the league has decided to crack down on dangerous hits - we were told those to unsuspecting players, hits from behind and hits to the head. And then they suspend Kaleta for a hit that did'nt even warrant a penalty. They say they cant protect the players because it will take hitting out of the game. Well only when you suspend players for clean hits will you get the result you supposedly are attempting to prevent.

Lets walk through the hit. Ross takes the puck behind the net, looks at Kaleta bearing down on him, and Ross decides to pass the puck and take the hit. We hear it time and time again in hockey - "sometimes you gotta take a hit to make a play"  another way to look at this is sometimes you gotta forget they play and move outta the way before you get destroyed. Ross made a bad decision.

Ross obviously saw Kaleta, decided to go ahead and make the pass and take the hit. So, why then is Kaleta punished for the bad decision by Ross? It was a clean and hard hit on a guy that knew hes was making a sacrifice, a sacrifice that he shouldn't of made, but do we punish Kaleta? The handling of rules in the NHL is the worst thing about this game - one slash is called, another is forgiven, a boarding call is a game misconduct and a spear is roughing? There is no point in the sport attempting to gain a larger audience when they can't even get the game straight? Its a delicate system and its tough to see the implications of every decision but it seems to me the rules not only vary night to night but period to period (which I support when it keeps games under control or opens them up a little) but they need to stay consistent playoff mentality, not varying.

Kaletas hit varies from Brieres or Ovies suspension hits. Ovie hit Kaleta up high and from behind, Briere suckered his man when he was admiring his goal (which  thought was legal according to the leagues def.) "He should of had his head up" - NHL's own words, wasn't an elbow or up high

To take the NHL to the next level.

Fire Bettman - Hes a disgrace to the league

Fix the Officiating so its more consistent.

Get the games on TV and Live Internet - there are dozens of new sports networks promotting ju-jitsu and extreme sports maybe link with them or beg ESPN


Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Kaleta will forfeit $5,414.50. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Kaleta will miss tonight’s game against Carolina and Nov. 30 at Toronto. He will be eligible to return December 3 against Montreal.


Oh just incase there are any haters out there, just wanted to add now,

Kaleta is a clean hitter (I'm sure theres exceptions but in general)