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.