The Winnipeg Jets will be without forward Mathieu Perreault for the foreseeable future. Perreault, 31, was on the receiving end of a serious body check during Sunday afternoon’s matinee contest with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Perreault – who had just dished the puck to defenceman Neal Pionk in the corner of the ice – was cranked from his blindside by rookie forward Joel Farabee, leading to an immediate stoppage in play, as Perreault stayed down in apparent pain.
Following a lengthy delay as Jets’ medical staff attended to the injured forward, Perreault was helped off the ice by teammates and directly to Winnipeg’s dressing room. He appeared dazed on his way back to the bench and did not return to the game.
On Monday Jets’ head coach Paul Maurice indicated that Perreault was “feeling pretty good” but is listed as day-to-day while being placed under the league’s set concussion protocol.
Farabee – who was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct, which in turn had him removed from the remainder of Sunday’s game – was issued a three-game suspension Monday by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, to which he will also forfeit $14,919.36. in pay to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.