By Mike Harrington
Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta is going to take advantage of provisions in the new CBA the players signed with the NHL in January and appeal his 10-game suspension, according to multiple reports.
Kaleta will appeal the ban, of which he has already served three games, to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Once Bettman hears Kaleta's case and makes a ruling, Kaleta can appeal further to a neutral arbitrator. The arbitrator can uphold the suspension, shorten it or even lengthen it.
Kaleta got his 10 games for a check to the head of Columbus' Jack Johnson on Oct. 10 but the length of his suspension was based on his status as a multiple offender (five previous fines/suspensions).