Patrick Kaleta drops appeal of ban

Updated: October 28, 2013, 9:59 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has decided not to appeal his 10-game suspension to an independent arbitrator, both his agent Anton Thun and an NHLPA spokesman told ESPN.com.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday upheld Brendan Shanahan's 10-game suspension of Kaleta for his hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson earlier this month.

Kaleta had the opportunity to further appeal it to an independent arbitrator, a new wrinkle in the new collective ...

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