It's still chaps my ass that Downie and Boulerice were handed 20+ game suspensions at the time when all this repeat offender shit was non existent.
This jackass only gets 10 games! WTF! Hit him with a friggin 30 game suspension. As much as I hate Matt Cooke, when we he was suspended for the 10 games plus the playoffs, it seemed to clean his act up.
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was suspended 10 games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson.
Kaleta's reputation and past transgressions played a role in the punishment.
"It's important to note that no matter who delivered this hit, it would have resulted in supplemental discipline," NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in the video announcing the suspension. "However, the fact that it was delivered by a player who has been fined or suspended six times in the last four seasons -- the last time just 21 games ago -- factors heavily into the severity of the decision."
Kaleta will forfeit US$152,439 in salary because he is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
No penalty was assessed for the hit, and Johnson was not injured on the play.
Kaleta already served two games of this suspension while awaiting an in-person hearing that was convened Tuesday afternoon
Lapierre has an in person hearing so you're right, he should get at least 10, but the way they hand out suspensions you never know. That blows that they couldn't get to him. I even thought the first hit that #15 of the Sharks put on the Blues player #17 could have been called as well.
Not so much on this board, but another board I was on, a lot of people were ripping Homer for signing Emery over Tim Thomas.
Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots before leaving with 2:59 left in the game due to an apparent lower body injury. Markstrom entered the game and made two saves.
Thomas was in his third start after missing four games due to a groin injury. After making a stop, Thomas bent to the ice in discomfort. When play stopped, he went to the bench.
"I didn't want him to not be able to play out there, either maybe hurt himself a little bit more, or not be able to play to his full potential," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "I don't have an update on where he is. We probably will tomorrow."