NHL News: Senators place Thomas Chabot in protocol, and Panthers’ Bennett suspended 3 games

Defenseman Thomas Chabot and forwards Zach Sanford and Chris Tierney were placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol by the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

The Senators recalled defenseman Michael Del Zotto from Belleville of the American Hockey League, and placed them on the active roster. They also shuffled forward Scott Sabourin from the AHL club to the taxi squad.

Ottawa (9-18-2), which has nine players in the protocol, is scheduled to return to action on Thursday against the host Seattle Kraken.

Chabot’s 16 assists are three shy of the team lead, while the 24-year-old’s 17 points rank fourth on the list. Drake Batherson leads the team in both assists (19) and points (28).

Sanford and Tierney, both 27, each have five goals and two assists in 29 games this season.

NHL suspends Bennett 3 games

Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett was suspended three games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his illegal check to the head on Montreal Canadiens forward Cedric Paquette.

Bennett delivered a high hit that caused Paquette to depart Saturday’s game with a neck injury. Paquette returned in the second period but did not play in the third.

The 25-year-old Bennett, who was not penalized for the hit, recorded two goals in Florida’s 5-2 win over Montreal in Sunrise, Fla.

Bennett’s 11 goals are one shy of the team lead, shared by Anthony Duclair and captain Aleksander Barkov. He also has recorded six assists in 26 games this season.

Bennett is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $161,890.23. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


–Field Level Media