Arbitration cases are contentious, ego-deflating experiences; and they get really interesting when you have players that defy classification, whose numbers defy financial quantification.
Dan Carcillo is one of those players.
How do you put a price tag on annoyance? How do you appraise provocation? He was a 12-goal guy last season; what's his upside at just 25?
The Philadelphia Flyers and Carcillo, a restricted free agent winger, decided not to answer those difficult questions in an arbitration hearing, opting to agree on a 1-year contract worth $1.075 million, according to Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly:
Carcillo, 25, was acquired by the Flyers at the trade deadline in 2009 from the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for Scottie Upshall(notes) and a second-round draft pick in 2011. He was a late addition to the list of players that had filed for arbitration July 6, according to the NHLPA.
Baicker said the 1-year deal will take Carcillo to unrestricted free agency next summer.