The 67's and third-year veteran Peter Tsimikalis are on a break.
That is, they haven't really split, but they're currently not together, either.
Tsimikalis and coach Brian Kilrea had what the player yesterday would only say was a "heated disagreement" on the bench during the first period of Saturday's game in Owen Sound. It ended harshly, however, as Kilrea sent him to the dressing room for the night.
While Kilrea couldn't be reached by the Sun last night, earlier in the day he told The Team 1200 that Tsimikalis had been benched and did not bus home with the team from the weekend road trip's final game Sunday in Guelph. Kilrea also said he did not know the whereabouts of Tsimikalis.
For much of the season, Tsimikalis has been playing on the team's first line with Czechs Jakub Petruzalek and Lukas Kaspar. In 21 games, he had six goals and 12 assists, while also serving as a a regular on one of the league's top penalty-killing units.
Kilrea had removed him from that line, however.
"I think it's too early to say what's going to happen," said Tsimikalis, who drove back to Ottawa with a friend Sunday. "I don't know what they plan to do with me."
Asked if he wanted a trade, Tsimikalis replied: "I don't want to say anything right now."
As of last night, he also didn't think he would be at this afternoon's practice, either.
Team owner Jeff Hunt thinks the situation will be resolved.
"There was a bit of dispute, which is a fairly common occurrence between a player and a coach," Hunt said. "I'm sure we'll get back to business as usual."