Dan Carcillo might never play for the Philadelphia Flyers again, as he's an
unrestricted restricted free agent this coming summer and he could easily be an odd man out here. If that's what happens, he'll be leaving town in a pretty familiar way: with a suspension.
The NHL announced today that they've suspended Carcillo for the first two regular season games of the 2011-12 season "as a result of an incident outside of the officials' locker room following the first period and a verbal confrontation with linesman Brian Murphy at the players' bench prior to the start of the second period."
Here's NHL vice president Mike Murphy on the suspension:
"Between the first and second period, while off ice and outside the officials' locker room, Mr. Carcillo engaged in aggressive behavior and inappropriate conduct directed at the officials," said Murphy. "While Mr. Carcillo acknowledged in the hearing that he regrets his actions outside of the officials' room, there can be no defense for his conduct.
"I also reviewed the verbal confrontation between Carcillo and linesman Brian Murphy at the players' bench prior to the start of the second period and have determined that, while the verbal abuse may have been worthy of a penalty, there is no evidence that Carcillo's action merit supplemental discipline," concluded Murphy.
Strange. Wouldn't be shocked if he's serving this suspension with another team, though.