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Hearing scheduled for Sabres' Kaleta

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Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta faces an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday to review a collision with Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson during Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.

Kaleta is suspended while awaiting the meeting. The in-person hearing is a proviso of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any potential suspension that could exceed five games.

The incident occurred at 3:10 of the third period when Kaleta ran into Johnson near the boards. Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll stepped into the fray to defend his teammate and Kaleta was assessed a fighting major but not a penalty for the hit on Johnson.

"The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review," the NHL said on its website.

Kaleta has a history of suspensions. In March, he received a five-game suspension that cost him $76,000 of his salary for a hit that sent New York Rangers center Brad Richards into the boards.

Because that hit was within 18 months of the current altercation, Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the collective-bargaining agreement.

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