The “reckless nature” of the elbow justified the Department of Player Safety’s decision to make this more than an in-game punishment.
Interestingly, the league didn’t mention an injury (or lack of injury) as a factor in the suspension:
The Flames lose Tkachuk for road games against the Capitals on Tuesday and Predators on Thursday. He can next play in Saturday’s away contest against the St. Louis Blues.
The suspension will set the rookie back $10,277.78.