Dan Carcillo has long been known to pick fights with opposing players. Apparently, officials aren’t off limits, either.
The Flyers’ agitator was suspended for the first two games of the 2011-12 season by the NHL yesterday — without pay. Carcillo verbally confronted linesman Brian Murphy at the players’ bench at the start of the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals versus Boston. Carcillo received a penalty with 8:29 left in the first period.
“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 NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike 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.”
The decision was reached at a May 13 hearing. The Flyers had no comment on the matter. Carcillo is a restricted free agent.