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Sabres' Kaleta gets nose job during 10-game ban

Patrick Kaleta (36) of the Buffalo Sabres has words with Steven Stamkos (91) of the Tampa Bay...

Patrick Kaleta (36) of the Buffalo Sabres has words with Steven Stamkos (91) of the Tampa Bay Lightning at First Niagara Center on October 8, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Jen Fuller/Getty Images/AFP)

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Patrick Kaleta put his league-enforced time off to good use.

The Buffalo Sabres forward, who is serving a 10-game suspension for an illegal hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, decided to get a nose job done.

“I think they straightened it out for me,” Kaleta said Wednesday. “My down break left turned into a little fade now.”

After years of sticking his nose into other players’ business on the ice, Kaleta needed to get some work done to fix things up sooner or later. The tipping point came when his nose was further damaged in a fight with Jared Boll of the Blue Jackets shortly after he drilled Johnson.

“I’m breathing great now, that’s all that matters,” Kaleta said. “Even if it was during games, I would’ve found a day to have it and then maybe a day to recoup and I would’ve been back at it.”

Kaleta has played just five games this season, with no points and one major penalty on his ledger.

 


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