While most Americans were busy enjoying the festivities surrounding the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian-born forward Dan Carcillo elected to file for salary arbitration by the 5 o’clock deadline yesterday.
Carcillo, a restricted free agent, declined to accept the Flyers’ qualifying offer from June 28 – which included at least a mandatory 5-percent raise from last year’s salary.
Per the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Carcillo was due a minimum of $984,375 for this upcoming season – up from the $937,500 he earned last season.
Likely based on the fact that Carcillo spent a good chunk of last year on the Flyers’ top line with Mike Richards, Carcillo was probably hoping for a raise somewhere in the $1.5 million range. Watching Jody Shelley – a player with less skill and similar intangibles – ink a three-year, $3.3 million deal could have only supported his claim.
Shelley had two goals, seven assists and 115 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Rangers and Sharks last year. Carcillo posted 10 goals, 12 assists and 207 penalty minutes in 76 games with the Flyers.
Carcillo and the Flyers will meet before an arbitrator sometime between July 20 and Aug. 4, where each side has 90 minutes to present their case against the other. Both sides can continue to negotiate up until the hearing.
The Flyers can elect to head to arbitration today with their remaining restricted free agents: Darroll Powe, David Laliberte and Matt Clackson.
ALSO, the Flyers announced their preseason schedule today - which begins just a couple months from now in September. They will open training camp on Sept. 17 in Voorhees.
Sept. 21: Flyers vs. Devils, 7:00 pm, Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 23: Flyers vs. Toronto, 7:00 pm, John Labatt Center, London, Ontario
Sept. 24: Flyers at Toronto, 7:00 pm, Air Canada Centre
Sept. 25: Flyers at Minnesota, 8:00 pm, Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 28: Flyers at New Jersey, 7:00 pm, Prudential Center
Sept. 29: Flyers vs. NY Islanders, 7:00 pm, Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 1: Flyers vs. Buffalo, 7:00 pm, Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 3: Flyers at Buffalo, TBD, HSBC Arena
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