The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Tuesday that Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn will be suspended three games for his hit on Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday.
Since the Flyers are no longer in the postseason, the punishment will go into effect at the start of the 2016-17 season.
The offending hit came in the second period of Philadelphia's 1-0 loss to Washington:
Oshie exited the game temporarily before returning in the third period. After the game, he downplayed the significance of the incident.
"I haven't seen it or anything," Oshie said, per the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan. "I just kind of needed to take a breath there. It's over. I don't really care about it. It's nice to move on."
Actor and Flyers fan David Boreanaz voiced his displeasure with the department's ruling:
The Courier-Post's Dave Isaac noted how Schenn's suspension presents a somewhat unique circumstance:
The 24-year-old is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
"I love Philly," Schenn said in February, per Tom Dougherty of CSNPhilly.com. "I get a great opportunity; it's a great place. But at the same time, you got to play for a team that wants you. Hopefully they want me after this year."
A three-game suspension won't completely tank Schenn's value on the open market, nor will it preclude a possibly return to the Flyers.
The punishment won't exactly help his negotiating position at the bargaining table either.