While most Americans were enjoying the Fourth of July festivities, Canadian Dan Carcillo elected to file for salary arbitration by Monday's 5 o'clock deadline.
Carcillo, a restricted free agent, declined to accept the Flyers' qualifying offer from June 28 - which included at least a mandatory 5 percent raise above his 2009-10 salary. According to the collective bargaining agreement, Carcillo, a forward, was due at least $984,375 for next season, up from the $937,500 he earned last season.
Likely based on the fact that he 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 3-year, $3.3 million deal with the Flyers could not have helped the process.