(Philadelphia, PA) – Philadelphia Flyers forward Dan Carcillo was suspended for four games by the National Hockey League for his actions during a game on December 5 at the Wachovia Center. Carcillo was issued 29 penalty minutes on a single play, when he engaged in an altercation with the Captials’ Matt Bradley and was ejected from the game.
General manager Paul Holmgren issued the following statement on Sunday regarding the suspension:
“Decisions come down from the league…do I agree with them all? No. I certainly do not agree with this one. We do not have a lot of recourse in this situation. Dan will serve his suspension, and we will move on.”
Flyers forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended four games by the NHL following his actions in Saturday night's 8-2 loss to the Capitals.
"Decisions come down from the league. Do I agree with them all? No. I certainly do not agree with this one," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "We do not have a lot of recourse in this situation. Dan will serve his suspension, and we will move on."
Carcillo, 24, knocked down Capitals right wing Matt Bradley with a single punch in the first period, while it appeared both players were dropping their gloves. The hit resulted in a nine-minute power play for Washington.
The Flyers allowed three goals in those nine minutes.
"Everything happened pretty quick, I saw him drop his gloves, so I started punching him," Carcillo said after the game. "He kind of came at me the shift before. He was talking to me before. I thought we were going to fight. I don’t know why he waited so long to drop his gloves."
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 12-06-2009 at 02:26 PM.
Yes, it was a stupid play for Carcillo not to wait at least 1 second more, but this seems too much to me. 2 would have been better. Also, everyone is being too harsh on Carcillo. He has been a very good player all year and one stupid play shouldn't be the end of him. We've had many players do stupid plays before and everyone was content keeping them.
I hate still-shot photos, and I've gotten into furious debates over how I don't like to use them when making points, as the game is played and review via moving-video technology. However, just as when Briere hit Scott Hannan in the neck, it certainly was still clear, and I didn't think that was that bad. But I have to do it this time as it helps my point (natural for any non-professional who talks it up on message boards)
Does this look like a player who is prepared to be in a fight? Whether Bradley is at fault, or whatever else, this isn't a fair fight. This isn't showing respect to a player in this league. Bradley still has his stick in his hand (maybe both, not completely clear which is why I don't like still-shot photos, it's not HQ). This is not a fight, it's a sucker punch. I wouldn't have given him 4 games regardless, but at least someone else will be given an opportunity to prove he can conduct himself in a proper manner on the ice.