NHL should throw book at dirty Kaleta

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta (right) is scheduled for an in-person hearing with NHL...

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta (right) is scheduled for an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson last week. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:22 PM ET

The leftovers from Thanksgiving 2013 include the hope NHL vice-president of regulating stupidity Brendan Shanahan will finally get it right and send Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta to the back of the fridge until the next time we’re carving a turkey on a special occasion.

Christmas would be about right.

There are lots of players who play hard and sometimes cross the line.

There have been players who have played stupidly over the edge, learned their lesson and kept both their skates pretty much on this side of the line, like Matt Cooke.

Then there are dangerous players like Kaleta who repeatedly disrespect opponents and put their opponents’ careers in jeopardy. Kaleta hasn’t gotten the message, like Cooke did.

Shanahan, who will have a hearing with Kaleta Tuesday to hear Kaleta’s explanation of his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, has a chance to give Kaleta a life-changing message (not so much for Kaleta, but for the guys he might think about hitting in the future).


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