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NHLPA's defense of Patrck Kaleta irks some players

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08:38 AM ET 10.20 | The NHLPA, we're told, fought hard initially against the 10-game sentence handed to serial headhunter Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres for his gratuitous headshot against Jack Johnson of the Blue Jackets. It's a stance from the union that has far less than unanimous support from the rank-and-file. The sense is while everyone deserves a defense, there is no defense for Kaleta, who is appealing the length of the ban with PA support. "I'm speechless," one unhappy dues-paying fellow told Slap Shots. "There are maybe three or four guys in the league who try and hurt people. "Our message as players should be that it's unacceptable. We shouldn't leave that to the league."

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October 20, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Too soft, make it 20

October 20, 2013  10:03 AM ET

This is the one story I always find extremely interesting union and don't envy the unions situation. And it doesn't necessarily apply to just a players union but a member takes out a fellow union member and what side does/should the union take? I am sure the anonymous player was isn't the dirty player Kaleta is but I am sure he would want the union to fight his battle if he was in the same position.

October 20, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too soft, make it 20

With a season long ban for the next one.

October 20, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too soft, make it 20

I'd be okay with 10 CI.......if it was years. :)

October 20, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Unions are there to protect all players.

Head hit suspensions should be specific and written into the CBA, then there would be no backlash.

October 20, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'd be okay with 10 CI.......if it was years. :)

LOL

October 20, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Unions are there to protect all players. Head hit suspensions should be specific and written into the CBA, then there would be no backlash.

I totally agree I just always find it interesting when a PA (and not just in hockey) has to protect a member that is harming it's own. And while head shots are a big topic due to the concussions and former players having issues why stop there? Cheap knee shots will ruin a career just as quickly as a cheap head shot.

October 20, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'd be okay with 10 CI.......if it was years. :)

You win!!!! LOL

October 20, 2013  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I totally agree I just always find it interesting when a PA (and not just in hockey) has to protect a member that is harming it's own. And while head shots are a big topic due to the concussions and former players having issues why stop there? Cheap knee shots will ruin a career just as quickly as a cheap head shot.

See it with teachers quite a bit too, and the good ones dislike it as much as the unhappy dues paying player does with Kaleta. It brings the profession down and weakens the union as a whole.

October 20, 2013  12:28 PM ET

Fine the owners and the GMs that hire these guys to do what they do, and also the Coach that keeps playing them. No one has to be a goon. Kinda like no-one has to be greedy - eh. This isn't really a Union problem, they're required to defend everyone on every issue. Kinda like, innocent until the squealing, short and surly person (or his rep) sings. I think they should start at ten games. Right now though, some refs give two minutes for elbows that don't connect, and others don't give anything for plays where players are obviously gooned outright.

 
October 20, 2013  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

With a season long ban for the next one.

He should've received the "Raffi Torres" treatment.

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