It’s not every day that a goalkeeper in the NHL is suspended.
Aaron Dell somehow got it right.
The NHL suspended the Sabers’ quarterback three games for his hit on Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson in the first period of Tuesday’s game between the two teams, making Dell the first netback to earn a suspension since Carey Price was forced to to miss one game for the 2019 All-Star Festival miss.
The hit, which occurred when Batherson did not own the shooter, did not allow the Senators’ young star to leave the ice on his own power, with coach DJ Smith telling reporters after the game that he expects Batherson to be out in the long run. .
Interestingly, there was no penalty kick on the initial game, which is somewhat surprising given the degree of complementary discipline Dell received after the game.
Not only will the Senators be without a key player for the foreseeable future, but Dell’s stray hit also gave Batherson a chance to play in his first ever All-Star game next month.
As a result of his suspension, Dell will forfeit $ 11,250 in salary. And with the Sabers enduring a rash of injuries that have exhausted their depth in the net in recent weeks, it’s less than ideal to have one of their goalkeepers on the sidelines with an indefensible play.