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Suspension pour Aaron Dell – TVA Sports


Buffalo Sabers goaltender Aaron Dell has been suspended three games by National Hockey League Player Safety for his wrongdoing on Tuesday against Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson, who will have to be absent for a significant period of time.

Wednesday, the culprit had to explain himself as to his check against the player of the “Sens” near the Sabers net. On the sequence that occurred at the end of the first period, he was on the heels of defender Mattias Samuelsson on forecheck when Dell cut him off. Batherson hit hard and awkwardly against the boards behind the cage and left the game with an apparent injury to his left leg. No penalty was imposed by the referees.

After the game, head coach DJ Smith told the media that Batherson will miss several games.

“The youngster had an opportunity to participate in his first career all-star encounter. It’s a bad goalkeeper game. He’s done it before. We’ve all seen the video retakes. Any other player doing this should normally face the music. The league will certainly watch it, but it’s bad,” Smith said, unimpressed by Dell’s “clothesline” move.

Not a first

The latter has indeed already committed similar gestures, in particular at the expense of Eeli Tolvanen, of the Nashville Predators, on January 13. When he wore the San Jose Sharks uniform, he also cracked down on Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2019. For the blow to Batherson, the goaltender tried to justify himself to the media the best possible.

“I was just trying to buy time for my defender by getting in front of him. I hope he is well. I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone,” he said.

In an explanatory video, the security department clarified that the contact was unnecessary and that Batherson should not have expected to be tackled in this situation, he who tried to go around the net without the puck.

For Batherson, who had hit the target earlier in the match, it was a devastating outcome. He should normally have headed for Las Vegas, where the weekend of the stars will take place during the first weekend of February. This season, he has 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points in 31 games.

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