Patrick Kaleta will not be appealing his 10 game suspension to a Neutral Discipline Arbitrator (NDA). The NHLPA already presented their case of appeal to Commissioner Gary Betteman but the suspension was upheld. The new provision in the CBA will allow the NHLPA to take the appeal past Betteman to an NDA. If he did decide to bring his appeal to the NDA their decision would be final.
Kaleta was suspended on October 15 for an illegal check to the head to Jack Johnson in the Buffalo Sabres game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is set to return for Saturday’s game which means his suspension is almost over. It was a smart move of him to not further his appeal. Kaleta should focus the energy he would of spent on his appeal on trying to clean up his game. If Matt Cooke can reform anyone can. Cooke gave Kaleta this advice according to TSN:
“During my suspension, with either (Dan) Bylsma or (Tony) Granato, I probably watched about 30 or 40 hours of video; watching players that play a physical style,” said Cooke. “The hours of video work I did seriously helped me,” he added. “The work that I put in has helped me not only take the risky plays out but also become a more effective player. I’ve got a way more active stick on the forecheck, and I’m more aware of my surroundings which has helped me offensively.”
I admire Cooke for this change and applaud the fact that he attempted to help Kaleta. Follow us on twitter and like us on facebook for all the latest NHL news!