Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has decided to appeal his 10-game suspension for an illegal check to the head, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN on Wednesday afternoon. McKenzie tweets that Kaleta made the decision after consulting with his agent and the NHL Players' Association.
The process will involve NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, as he needs to hear the case before it's presented to an independent arbitrator.
#BuffaloSabres Kaleta appeal must go through Bettman first b4 in dependent arbitrator. He can rule to minimize it, keep as is or add to it.— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) October 16, 2013
Kaleta was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson in a game last week. Kaleta was not given a penalty for the play, but did engage in a fight with Columbus forward Jared Boll, which drew a five-minute major for fighting. The league decisided to offer an in-person hearing, which meant Kaleta could be suspended in excess of five games.
The meeting took place in New York on Monday afternoon and resulted in the 10-game ban.