Kaleta faces multi-game ban for Johnson hit

Patrick Kaleta was suspended 10 games by the NHL Tuesday evening.

Buffalo Sabres wing Patrick Kaleta will travel to New York City for an in-person hearing with the NHL’s disciplinary committee Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.

As a repeat offender, Kaleta is expected to be dealt a multiple-game suspension from chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for the head shot the forward delivered to Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson in the first period of Thursday’s 4-1 Blue Jackets victory:

“I thought it was blatant,” Johnson told the Columbus Dispatch of the hit, which went unpenalized.

Johnson exacted his own revenge in the third period, however, when he hammered Kaleta with a big body check.

“I was looking for him,” Johnson said. “Absolutely. I was going to hit him whether he had the puck or not, to be honest with you.

“If he doesn’t show any respect for us, we’re not going to show any respect for him. It’s a two-way street.”

The 27-year-old Kaleta, who has no points and five penalty minutes in five games this season, already missed Buffalo’s games Saturday and Monday against Chicago and Minnesota, receptively. Because Kaleta’s hearing is face-to-face, he could receive a ban longer than five games.

The Buffalo native was dealt a five-game suspension last season for boarding Brad Richards. He has also received multi-game bans for headbutting Jakub Voracek (four games, in 2011) and boarding Jared Ross (two games, in 2009).

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