The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk two games tonight. The DoPS reviewed Tkachuk’s elbow on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in last night’s matchup between the Flames and the Kings. According to TSN.ca, Tkachuk will forfeit $10,277.78 in salary, with that amount going to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.
Tkachuk will miss the Flames’ games against the Washington Capitals and the Nashville Predators. The Calgary rookie is having an excellent season stat-wise, scoring 13G and 33A in 68 career games. The feisty forward was not expected to make it out of training camp, but his excellent play forced Calgary’s hand.
The Los Angeles Kings play the Flames twice more this season. It is possible that the Kings play Tkachuk a bit chippier than usual in those games.