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Hockey Night in Canada140 Words: Patrick Kaleta doesn't get it

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 10:01 AM

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Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, right, has made a career of agitating opponents, but he's often run afoul of NHL rules. (Jen Fuller/Getty Images) Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, right, has made a career of agitating opponents, but he's often run afoul of NHL rules. (Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

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Patrick Kaleta was handed a 10-game suspension for an illegal check to the head. Someone tweeted that Kaleta "got screwed" and it was re-tweeted by a teammate on the Sabres. Kaleta and his Twitter friends don't get it. He has a pattern for jeopardizing other players' livelihoods.
He doesn't do Twitter, but each week Hockey Night in Canada's Glenn Healy gives his take on a hot hockey topic in 140 words (not characters) or less.

Patrick Kaleta was handed a 10-game suspension for an illegal check to the head. Someone tweeted that Kaleta "got screwed" and it was re-tweeted by a teammate on the Sabres.  

Kaleta and his Twitter friends don't get it. He has a pattern for jeopardizing other players' livelihoods. There have been plenty of head-hunting expeditions by Kaleta that have gone unpunished. If Head Hunting were a movie, Kaleta would be the lead actor.

Under the CBA, the NHL can't show or use these incidents in his discipline hearing. If they could have referenced these acts, 10 games would not have been enough.   

Kaleta's salary still has to be paid but the $150K gets redirected to the Players Helping Players Fund. Sabres ownership must be thrilled about that. At some point it pays to not have Kaleta in the league.

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