Thursday, May 28, 2015

Zac Rinaldo's at Home in the Box

Zac Rinaldo has been piling up the penalty minutes.

Zac Rinaldo's at Home in the Box

(Matt Slocum / AP)
(Matt Slocum / AP) AP

With a five-minute major for fighting (at right) and a ten-minute major for "inciting" (we kid you not) Thursday night, Flyers rookie center Zac Rinaldo has 73 penalty minutes on the season (tied for the league lead with Ottawa's Zenon Konopka).

Now, we know it is a small sample size and Rinaldo would be hard-pressed to keep up that pace and still remain part of Peter Laviolette's regular rotation, but ... it does put him on a pace for 332 penalty minutes. That would be the most for the Flyers since Dave Schultz set the still-standing NHL record of 472 minutes in 1974-75 (15 years before Rinaldo was born).

He probably won't even get a chance to dent the Flyers' top 10 (below), but Rinaldo — who totaled 331 penalty minutes with the AHL's Phantoms last season — has a pretty good shot to become the 43rd Flyer to reach 200 minutes in a season.

(Special thanks to for the numbers!)

Rk.     Player          Season       PIM
  1. Dave Schultz 1974-75 472
  2. Dave Schultz 1973-74 348
  3. Glen Cochrane      1981-82 329
  4. Dave Schultz 1975-76 307
  5. Paul Holmgren 1980-81 306
  6. Rick Tocchet 1987-88 299
  7. Craig Berube 1990-91 293
  8. Craig Berube 1989-90 291
  9. Rick Tocchet 1986-87 288
10. Rick Tocchet 1985-86 284
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