Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended by the NHL for 10 games for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson last week.
The punishment will cost Kaleta $152,439 in salary. It was handed down by the league’s Department of Player Safety. Kaleta is considered a repeat offender.
Kaleta was suspended for five games last season after he shoved New York Rangers center Brad Richards from behind and into the boards. That ban cost Kaleta $72,000 in salary. Kaleta was suspended two other times earlier in his career.
The latest hit took place at 3:10 of the first period of Buffalo’s 4-1 loss to Columbus on Thursday.