Kaleta, who has been fined or suspended by the NHL six times before, has the right to take his case to a neutral arbitrator within the next week. He had stated his appeal to Bettman on Monday at the league's New York offices.
The 10-game suspension was imposed by Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice president of player safety.
Bettman's decision noted Kaleta's many previous infractions and said the hit could have been avoided. He also said the Sabres' contention that Kaleta was merely performing his duties in Buffalo's system did not excuse Kaleta from obeying Rule 48 regarding illegal hits to the head.
The full text of Bettman's ruling is worth a read.
And in what has — sadly — become almost a daily occurrence, the NHL has offered Buffalo forward
An in-person hearing means the suspension can exceed five games.
San Jose defenseman