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Sports log: Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta suspended five games

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The NHL suspended Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for five games without pay for shoving Rangers forward Brad Richards from behind and into the boards. The NHL’s department of player safety announced its stiffest punishment of the season on Monday, a day after the player delivered the check in the third period of Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout loss at New York. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. He will lose more than $72,000 in salary . . . Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will miss 6-8 weeks but will not require surgery for a sprained left knee ligament suffered in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Florida . . . The Blue Jackets placed defenseman John Moore on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that will sideline him 2-3 weeks . . . The Maple Leafs traded forward Mike Brown to the Oilers for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014 . . . The NHL is increasing the number of teams eligible to make the No. 1 pick in the draft to 14, and announced that all seven rounds of the draft in Newark will take place June 30. The 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, are eligible for the top pick. The lottery on April 29 will be weighted with the teams having the fewest points having the best chance to win. Under the previous system, only the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots.

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