Buffalo Sabres tough guy Patrick Kaleta is already well-acquainted with the NHL's head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, and he will get to know him even more — for the wrong reasons.
The 27-year-old forward has been offered an in-person hearing with the league for an incident against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night in Buffalo, which could result in a five-game suspension or more.
Kaleta's infraction involved a hit to the head of Columbus blue-liner Jack Johnson at 3:10 of the first period of the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win. Kaleta, a six-foot-one, 198-pound winger, was not penalized on the play but later got a five-minute fighting major for duking it out with Jared Boll, who came to his teammate's aid.
Johnson would stay in the game.
Kaleta most recently was given a five-game suspension for shoving New York Rangers forward Brad Richards into the boards from behind last March and can now be considered a repeat offender.