BUFFALO, NY - (WKBW) Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for the Sabres next two games pending an in-person hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The Sabres have confirmed Kaleta's hearing with Eyewitness Sports.
Buffalo visits the Blackhawks on Saturday and hosts Minnesota on Monday.
The following is from NHL.com:
Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for an incident against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center on Oct 10.
Kaleta was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games. He is suspended pending his hearing.
At 3:10 of the first period, Kaleta collided with Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson near the boards just inside the Buffalo zone. No penalty was assessed for that hit, but Kaleta received a fighting major after engaging with the Blue Jackets' Jared Boll after the hit.
Johnson remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Columbus won the game 4-1.