While one Buffalo player waited to see what his fate would be in terms of his suspension being reduced or not, another one has a visit planned sometime in the near future to visit Brendan Shanahan and company in New York to talk about a hit he delivered last night.
But first, on to Patrick Kaleta, who had his arbitration request to get his suspension down from 10 games to something smaller denied by Gary Bettman, who is the first line of defense when it comes to reducing suspensions. In a 19 page document, Bettman stated:
Regrettably, Mr. Kaleta stands out for his repeated violations of – and seeming indifference to – the Playing Rules put in place to protect other Players, and particularly, other Players’ heads
Kaleta’s incident goes back to October 19, where he took a run after Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson who was able to play in the rest of the game
So, if Patrick Kaleta doesn’t like that ruling, he has a week to decide to take his appeal to the next level, which will be with a private arbitrator in court. Remember Kaleta? He’s the guy who took out Brad Richards for a couple games last season after his hit.
Now because one Sabre’s player wasn’t enough, joining him is John Scott, who got a call to make plans to make a scheduled appearance, after this hit on Loui Eriksson during last nights game against Boston.
During the third period of last nights game, Eriksson was skating down the ice with the puck leading the rush for Boston, as John Scott came and lunged his elbow towards the head of Eriksson. Eriksson does have minor concussion symptoms which but does have the chance to fly back to Boston with the team. No time table has been made on his returned.
Scott, a former Ranger is known for his dirty hits, and already has been involved in an incident during the preseason with Maple Leafs Phil Kessel, which already rose some eyebrows.
As with any player awaiting hearing, Scott cannot play a game for the Sabres.