As Gomer Pyle used to say: Surprise, surprise, surprise.
That's my reaction to the news that, as of 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren still had not heard from the NHL office about Dan Carcillo’s hit on the New York Rangers’ Ruslan Fedotenko on Thursday.
“It’s probably safe to say” there won’t be a hearing, Holmgren said after Friday’s practice in Voorhees.
Holmgren said he thought Carcillo made a legal hit and that he didn’t expect the league to call.
Carcillo, who has a history of suspensions, admitted he WAS surprised not to have a conference call with Colin Campbell, the league’s disciplinary dean.
In the third period of the Flyers’ 4-1 win Thursday, Carcillo appeared to elbow Fedotenko to the jaw as the Ranger was falling to the ice. No penalty was called.
“It was kind of a weird situation. I didn’t mean to take a run at him or anything,” Carcillo said on Friday. “It was an awkward position and it happened pretty quick. He was kind of falling down. I don’t know if he ducked of what he did, but it was a weird, weird hit.”
Fedotenko, a former Flyer, said the referee told him he shouldn’t have ducked.
In other words, if he hadn’t ducked to avoid the hit, he wouldn’t have been hit in the head.
“If he was up, it would have been a regular hit,” Carcillo said.
“The kid was falling and all of a sudden, the position became vulnerable, but I didn’t think Danny did anything (wrong),” coach Peter Laviolette said.
So expect Carcillo in the lineup Saturday night, when the Flyers play in Long Island against an Islanders team that has lost six straight. The Flyers will be aiming for their first six-game winning streak in nearly two years.
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