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Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: November 3, 2011 3:57 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres was suspended four games by Brendan Shanahan on Thursday for head-butting. The play in question came on Wednesday night early in the first period when Kaleta hit Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

As has become standard procedure, Shanahan released a video explaining his decision in detail.

While using the term head-butt is certainly applicable, I'd like to describe it more as a battering ram. With a scrum on the boards about five minutes into the game, it appears as if Kaleta just became impatient. He doesn't have time to wait for the puck to be jarred free. So he essentially powers his head straight into Voracek's face.

The video clearly shows ... Shanahan notes that Kaleta has been penalized for thinking he was a torpedo before. One of the big contributing factors in these suspensions or lack thereof is prior history, and, well, Kaleta has a history.

Also, the new in word from Shanahan is intent. Judging Kaleta's past actions and Kaleta seemingly stepping back and addressing the situation with Voracek before the head-butt led him to conclude this was intentional.

It might seem rather innocuous at first. It was so indiscreet, fans were trying to guess what Kaleta did before the NHL officially announced what the hearing was for. I saw some guess a slashing, another for elbowing. For the vast majority of players, this might get them a stern warning or a one-game suspension/fine. Kaleta isn't in the vast majority.

I feel pretty safe in saying that Kaleta might now be the most hated player in hockey with Matt Cooke having turned a corner. With Shanahan calling for a hearing on the matter, it's only a matter of hours before Kaleta gets his first feel of the Shanahammer.

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SNatsnoresmove
Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 4:10 pm
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Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

decent puck handler, good passer, poor shot, crashes the net hard, best pure body checker in the nhl (most of his hits are clean
....Are we talking about Cal Clutterbuck?  You know, the guy that leads the league in hits every year hes played? 

Pretty simple to measure who the best checker is....



Well I guess "best" body checker was a poor choice of words. I do agree Clutterbuck may be the best body checker right now, but Kaleta is more devastaing in my opinion. I wish he would cut out all the antics and not put himself in a class like Avery and Cooke, because he is such a fierce hitter and as an agitator draws a ton of penalties.





Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

Kaleta isn't that bad of a player.  He won't be confused with a top line skill player, but he's actually a good skater and crashed the net.  There's a lot of gritty, hard hitting players in the NHL.  Guys like Kaleta, Cooke, and previously Avery just get more attention because most of the whiner fans are in the East.  Neither of the aforementioned players are as dirty as a guy like Chris Pronger or Darien Hatcher in their prime.  But of course, historically All-Star caliber players get the royal treatment.  I like how all the Philly fans have something to say about the incident - the hotspot for goons through the decades.

And Arinze, you're an embarrassment to all Sabres fans.  I know you feel the need to comment on every article, we just wish you didn't align yourself with us.  I can't believe you'd actually live in Buffalo.  Do you?  I'm thinking an ex that lives in NC, SC, or FLA?  Am I close?



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

Definitely a dirty play with intent to injure or try to injure, just not sure if he is trying toinjure himself or the other player.  It appears that he likes to do this, bit strange.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

decent puck handler, good passer, poor shot, crashes the net hard, best pure body checker in the nhl (most of his hits are clean
....Are we talking about Cal Clutterbuck?  You know, the guy that leads the league in hits every year hes played? 

Pretty simple to measure who the best checker is....



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:34 am
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

If he is a repeat offender for the same thing, why only a 4 game suspension?  It should be closer to 10 games or something.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:45 am
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

I'm not a fan of either team, and I haven't followed Kaleta as a player, so I won't start shooting my mouth off about whether he's good enough or bad enough to be in the NHL.  HOWEVER... I have played hockey for years and this one's a no-brainer.  What he did was wrong and the suspension is warranted.  I can't belive anyone would excuse this act as part of a fast-paced, brutal game, and that the NHL should just accept this type of play and stop "wussifying" the game.  These are the lives of athletes we're talking about.  No matter who you are, if you take a solid shot to the bridge of the nose you can die.  Period.  There's no sportsmanship, honor, or decency in that.  Gretzky didn't have to play like that and no one called him a wuss.  There's no need to be a bull dozer out there.  If you can't play the game clean, you must be covering up for your lack of skill.

The fact that this isn't the first time Kaleta's done it makes me think he has no respect for the rules of the game, or for the fact that players just like himself have worked very hard for years to get to the NHL, and they didn't have to fight dirty to do it, nor do they deserve to have their careers ended because of him.  If he does it again, I wouldn't be opposed to suspending him for the entire season without pay.  That should wake him up.  If not, he needs to find a new career.  Simple as that.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

215 games  22 goals   19 assists   41 points   +1 over 6 year career     
; 0 powerplay goals   3 short handed goals  5 Game winnimg goals 



Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

You're a complete moron. Zero talent? Do you have any clue what you're talking about? He's a very good skater, decent puck handler, good passer, poor shot, crashes the net hard, best pure body checker in the nhl (most of his hits are clean....yes he is dirty on occasion but most are clean) and people hate playing against him. Gets under everyone's skin. Oh and he's our #1 penalty killer right now. Yes, he will fight so don't go there. He more than has a place in this league. Of course you hate him if he is not on your team, but please don't say he has not talent. Making the NHL alone is a testament alone to his talent. Yes he is not a 1 or 2 line player, but you can't tell me he is not valuable. Of course he should cut down on the antics, but he is talented and valuable.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Sabres' Kaleta given four-game ban for head-butt

Now it's time to beat up on some Sabres. Gaustad gonna be busy and he better stay out the penalty box.


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