Somewhere there’s an online gambling site with odds for which NHL player will be the first to be suspended in the offseason. If you put a line on it, people will wager their futures. Don’t believe me? go put a sawbuck on Michael Vick’s next dog.
And when you find this website with this random slice of degenerate hockey gambling heaven, Flyers moron idiot tough guy Dan Carcillo will undoubtedly be the favourite. Today, his reputation for stupidity earned a suspension 11 days after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.
The league announced Tuesday afternoon that Carcillo will sit out the first two games of next season, but it has nothing to do with online queries about girls referencing their fathers with fingers in their hair. During the final game of Philadelphia’s embarrassing second round exit against Boston, Carcillo apparently conversed with some officials between the first and second period. As Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News tells us, the conversation didn’t contain many nice words.
Forward Dan Carcillo was suspended for two games by the NHL on Tuesday, stemming from an off-ice incident with the league’s officials in between the first and second period of the Flyers’ season-ending Game 4 loss in Boston.
Carcillo also had a verbal confrontation with linesman Brian Murphy at the players bench prior to the start of the second period.
From that we know Carcillo was just being his usual belligerent, dim-witted self, an act that officials are used to by now, but he evidently crossed a line. This is Carcillo’s fourth career suspension, and by the time it runs its course he will have sat out 10 games due to NHL discipline. The exact details are still murky, but the league’s official statement from senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy sheds some light:
“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. 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.”
So it seems the demonstrative behaviour of Car Bombs extends beyond the ice. According to witnesses who spoke to Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly, the scene became pretty heated, and the punishment could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the veteran savvy of Jody Shelley, who pulled Carcillo out of the hallway. What remains unclear is why we waited 11 days for this to surface. This is the first time any mention of off-ice abuse of officials by Carcillo in the Eastern semi-final has been made public. A hearing was held on May 13, a full week after the incident, and now on the afternoon of May 17 the league handed down the punishment.
Abusing officials and generally acting like a petulant child isn’t acceptable NHL conduct and certainly warrants punishment if it’s taken too far. But looking back on NHL suspensions and potential suspensions in the year of the headshot, this is pretty weak sauce. The league wouldn’t really be trying to push this under a rug hours before Game 2 of the East final, right?