The Flyers, already playing without six forwards who are injured or ill, will not have Joel Farabee for the next three games.
The NHL suspended Farabee for his violent hit Sunday on Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault. The rookie right winger was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct and now is forced to miss a week. He also was fined $14,919.36 based on his average annual salary, which is $1.425 million according to Spotrac.com.
“While we acknowledge Farabee’s assertion that he attempts to hit Perreault in a legal fashion, he fails to do so under the interference rule,” the league explained in a video. “Perreault is left unprepared for the impending contact and unable to adequately protect himself, resulting in an injury.”
Perreault, who was knocked out of the game, is in the concussion protocol and out indefinitely. After the game, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice called Farabee’s hit “the most dangerous play in hockey.”
The Flyers did not immediately make a roster move, but they may recall yet another player from the AHL’s Phantoms, such as winger Andy Andreoff.
Before receiving an automatic game misconduct, Farabee, 19, played on the top line, with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier, in the loss.
It was a tough weekend for Farabee, whose mistake changed the complexion of Sunday’s game. The Jets scored two goals during the five-minute power play and two more right after it ended. On Saturuday, Farabee badly lost a fight to Minnesota’s Marcus Foligno.
The Flyers, who went 0-3 on the road trip, will host Anaheim on Tuesday and Buffalo on Thursday and play at Ottawa on Saturday.
They are using an AHL-type lineup because six forwards are sidelined: Oskar Lindblom (Ewing’s sarcoma), Travis Konecny (concussion), Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (groin injury), Tyler Pitlick (concussion), and Michael Raffl (broken finger).
On Tuesday, Flyers rookie left winger David Kase will face his brother, Ondrej, of the Ducks. Their parents will travel from the Czech Republic to attend the game.