NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games without pay for a boarding incident last weekend.
Kaleta shoved New York forward Brad richards into the boards from behind at 3:38 of the third period of the Rangers' 3-2 overtime win on Sunday. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and game misconduct.
Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit US$76,219.25.
The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday