Dan Carcillo has had a busy start to 2010.
The Philadelphia Flyers tough guy is not even a month into the New Year, yet has been in the league spotlight twice. The latest incident to see Carcillo at the top of the sports page took place Thursday as he fought an unlikely opponent in New York Rangers' Marian Gaborik.
Following the contest, a 2-0 win for Philadelphia, Rangers head coach John Tortorella went off on Carcillo.
"There's no honour in that," Tortorella told reporters on Thursday night. "I don't play the game, I don't wear the uniform, I don't want to say too much about it, but there's simply no honour in that."
On Friday, Carcillo joined TSN's Michael Landsberg on Off The Record and responded to Tortorella's comments.
"It's part of my job to fight and be physical and maybe some other stuff that I do isn't exactly in between the lines all the time, but I'm not gutless, I'm not dishonourable. I play the game pretty hard and I'm an honest player."
Carcillo explained that nobody was more shocked than he was over the Gaborik fight.
"I'm still shocked it happened, but fights happen in the game and just because he's their best player doesn't mean he can't fight.
"If you watch the video he came after me and I fought him just like I'd fight anyone else."
The 24-year-old went on to tell Landsberg he would not have fought Gaborik if he did not drop his gloves first.
"I was pretty surprised and I'm not really sure if [Gaborik] looked up and saw who it was, but he dropped his gloves, I dropped mine and the rest is history."
When asked by Landsberg if he thought some of the Rangers should have come to the star's aid, Carcillo admitted that somebody should have stepped in.
"Yes, but I don't know which one of his linemates would have really done much. [Brandon] Dubinsky, we've fought before, he could have jumped in."
Landsberg put forward a hypothetical situation to Carcillo to see what he would do if a player like Sean Avery were to go after Flyers forward Daniel Briere.
"I know Danny and he's a pretty tough kid, he wouldn't shy down from Avery, but I'd definitely try to get in there and break it up or try and pull him away and fight him myself."
Carcillo told Landsberg he is not bothered by his reputation as a player who gets under the collective skin of another team and he is doing his job when he is able to get opponents to focus to him.
"I don't mind when teams are worried about me, because it gives other guys a little more room to play."
Earlier this month Carcillo, raised the ire of the Maple Leafs with an elaborate goal celebration that included skating by the Toronto bench and staring them down as he pretended to get high fives. The Maple Leafs lost the game 6-2.
During the same contest, Carcillo made a throat-slash gesture toward the Maple Leafs and was fined $2,500 by the NHL.
Carcillo has 11 points (five goals, six assists) with 130 and a plus-5 rating over his 45 games this season.