Kaleta suspended five games
Patrick Kaleta is the latest NHL player to receive a Shanaban. NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan announced Monday that Kaleta has been suspended five games for his hit from behind on Rangers forward Brad Richards.
The hit came 3:28 into the third period, while Kaleta was killing a penalty. He cross checked Richards, who was standing a few feet from the boards, from behind. The hit sent the high priced scorer into the wall at an awkward angle. Richards' neck bent to the side on the hit. He missed his next shift, but did return to the game. However, Richards was not at Rangers practice Monday.
In announcing the suspension, Shanahan noted that Kaleta did not use excessive force, but the play was dangerous. That's normally the case when a player catches another a few feet from the boards. Kaleta is considered a repeat offender after being suspended four games last November for a head butting incident.
Reports say Kaleta will forfeit over $75,000 in salary. He will be eligible to return March 17, when the Sabres host Washington.