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Senators suspend AHL defenceman Barinka after he goes home to Czech Republic

Barinka has returned to his native Czech Republic for family reasons. His fiancee's mother has fallen ill. The Senators suspended Barinka in order to retain his rights, and the club will lift the suspension if he joins a team in the Czech Republic.

The 22-year-old was acquired in the three-way, Martin Havlat trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 10. Chicago's second-round pick in the 2003 draft, Barinka has played in 34 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, recording two assists and 26 penalty minutes. In 17 games with Binghamton this season, Barinka had two assists and 22 penalty minutes.

It's the second player suspended by the Senators this season. On Nov. 4 they suspended 23-year-old centre Alexei Kaigorodov for refusing to accept his assignment to Binghamton. He went back to Russia to play in the Super League.


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