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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Andreas Nodl has recovered from a shoulder injury and could return Saturday. During part of Friday’s practice, Nodl was on a line with Mike Richards and Eric Wellwood, leaving to speculation that struggling winger James van Riemsdyk (0 goals) could be a healthy scratch Saturday/
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Asked if goalie Brian Boucher would get one of the two starts this weekend, Laviolette said, “I’m not sure at this point.” Best guess: Boucher faces the Islanders, and Sergei Bobrovsky opposes the Caps in Washington on Sunday.
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