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Kaleta Will Appeal His Suspension

Good, maybe someone will award him 20 games!

added 3:58pm, You see, there is a chance he could get more...


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The Independent Arbitrator choosing to tack on extra punishment in the first ever test of the new supplemental discipline appeals process would be funny, but it’s pie-in-the-sky.

That would also be the last case that particular arbitrator ever sat on for the NHL, as they would no doubt replace him/her immediately.

The NHLPA kind of has to go to bat for Kaleta if he and his agent want to appeal this.  Even if it makes sense, it’s not wise to send the message that they’re essentially going to systematically choose to side with the league sometimes on supplemental discipline cases here.  If they lose, then they show their constituents that they do the job to fight for individual members and that the suspension system is doing its job to punish those members who hurt the others.

If this suspension gets lessened, I’m going to be mad.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/16/13 at 04:50 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

This political BS is crazy.  It was an obvious hit to the head so it’s ludicrous he even has the option to appeal.  The NHL has some of the worst rulings on calls like this.  Should be interesting.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 10/16/13 at 06:21 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Posted by some kid on 10/16/13 at 06:48 PM ET

If Jack Johnson wants to be represented in the case, he has that option and the NHLPA will support him too.

If Jack Johnson wants to bring up his concerns about these types of hits to the NHLPA and help guide their stance on what players should and shouldn’t be doing in a constructive manner, then the NHLPA will support him in that endeavor too.

What the NHLPA does NOT want is to go back to the system where Gary Bettman is the lone person who oversees appeals on supplemental discipline for the player because they fought very hard to bring an independent arbitrator in to help make sure that the decisions being made were more consistent and unilaterally made sense.

So I misspoke when I said the NHLPA will “go to bat” for Kaleta.  In truth, what they’re doing is going to bat for the concept of having an unbiased third party making sure that their players are being punished fairly.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/16/13 at 08:04 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

All unions ensure the process is followed fairly. They’re not going to bat, but ensuring their members are treated fairly.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/16/13 at 08:40 PM ET

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