Whether intended or not, the acquisition of pugnacious winger Daniel Carcillo has given the Flyers a Broad Street Bullies II reputation around the NHL.
Heading into last night's game, the Flyers had three players - Carcillo, Riley Cote and Arron Asham - who ranked among the NHL leaders in fights this season.
Cote said he liked the idea of having another enforcer on the team. "The more the merrier," he said. "He fits right into the Flyer logo."
The addition of Carcillo gives each Flyers line an edginess, Cote said.
The first line has Mike Richards, the second line has Scott Hartnell, the third has Carcillo (with smallish players Claude Giroux and Danny Briere), and the fourth line has Cote and Asham.
Carcillo, acquired from Phoenix on Wednesday for Scottie Upshall and a No. 2 draft pick in 2011, said he wanted to add offense to go with his aggressiveness.
"I want to show I can play the game," he said before the Flyers faced Calgary. "I can be aggressive and obviously fight when I need to. . . . They told me just to play [hard], first and foremost. Obviously, the way I play, I'm going to get my fights, but they want me to play."
Carcillo scored 13 goals in 57 games last year, but has netted just three goals this season.
"In the middle of the year, I was only playing eight or nine minutes," said Carcillo, who was in coach Wayne Gretzky's doghouse for some of the penalties the left winger was taking. "They were putting their young guys in and seeing what they could do, and I kind of got lost a little bit in the lines."
Flyers coach John Stevens picked up Carcillo, who took a league-high 174 penalty minutes into last night, at the airport on Wednesday.
"My message to Daniel was that all his actions have to be in the best interests of the hockey team," Stevens said, "and not around himself as a player for any personal gain. I think he's a very team-oriented guy." Carcillo grew up near Toronto, but said he was a Flyers fan because of their aggressiveness. He welcomed Wednesday's deal, moving from an also-ran to a Stanley Cup contender.
The Flyers' March 15 game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden has been moved from 3 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. because it will be televised by NBC. . . . The Flyers began a season-high five-game homestand last night. - Sam Carchidi