Flyers forward Carcillo headed for arbitration

Posted: July 07, 2010

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.

Shelley had two goals, seven assists and 115 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Rangers and Sharks last season. Carcillo posted 12 goals, 10 assists with 207 penalty minutes in 76 games with the Flyers.

Carcillo and the Flyers will meet before an arbitrator between July 20 and Aug. 4. Each side will have 90 minutes to present its case. Both sides can continue to negotiate up until the hearing.

Starting yesterday, the Flyers could elect to go to arbitration with their remaining restricted free agents - Darroll Powe, David Laliberte and Matt Clackson.

Preseason schedule

The Flyers will open their preseason schedule on Sept. 21 against the Devils at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers will play eight preseason games, three at home. Training camp opens Sept. 17 in Voorhees, N.J.

The preseason schedule:

Sept. 21: vs Devils, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23: vs. Maple Leafs, at London, Ontario, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24: at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25: at Wild, 8 p.m.

Sept. 28: at Devils, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: vs. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Oct. 1: vs. Sabres, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Sabres, TBA *

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