NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended, without pay, for four games for leading with his head to deliver an illegal hit to the face of Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek during NHL Game No. 165 Wednesday night in Buffalo, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Kaleta will forfeit $19,621.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 4:58 of the first period.
Kaleta will miss games Nov. 4 vs. Calgary, Nov. 5 at Ottawa, Nov. 8 vs. Winnipeg and Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa. He will be eligible to return Nov. 12 at Boston.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday