Yesterday, the Los Angeles Kings acquired tough guy Daniel Carcillo from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
While some fans in Los Angeles like this pickup, I wasn't as excited initially. I have been following Carcillo throughout his NHL career and while he is an asset to any team in the department of dropping the gloves, the Los Angeles Kings really aren't a fighting team. Of course, that can change but Carcillo, unlike Kyle Clifford, doesn't have the consistency to score a few goals here and there to help his team out.
With that said, Carcillo has been known to put the puck in the net on a semi-regular basis. In fact, the 28-year-old's most productive season came in 2007-08 while he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. During that time, Carcillo scored 13 goals and added 11 assists while appearing in just 57 games that season. On the flip side, Carcillo brought his team a large dose of intensity as he drew a career-high 324 penalty minutes.
To prove it wasn't a fluke, Carcillo produced at a high rate again in 2009-10, this time with the Philadelphia Flyers. In 76 games that season, Carcillo scored 12 goals and 10 assists to go along with 217 penalty minutes - and even helped out in the playoffs where the Flyers came to within two games of winning the Stanley Cup.
Personally, Dan Carcillo always reminded of another tough guy from the late-eighties and early nineties, John Kordic. While his career - and life - didn't end in the most positive light, Kordic's hunger and intensity on the ice was second-to-none, much like Carcillo's.
In the last few seasons, however, Dan Carcillo's presence has been limited to say the least - much like Kevin Westgarth and Raitis Ivanans: the KIngs' last two tough guys who, like Carcillo, were known solely for fighting. With that said, of course, Carcillo has proven (as I previously noted) that he's good for a bit more than just dropping the gloves.
There has been rumours as of late which indicate that the aforementioned Kyle Clifford, might be on his way out of Los Angeles and possibly heading to Montreal. While I have always been a fan of Clifford, I do understand that the Kings might be having a difficult time re-signing the restricted free agent due to the unfortunate reality of the decreased salary cap for next season.
Carcillo's addition may or may not be a sign that he will replace the soon-to-be-departed Clifford in Los Angeles. While that is not proven as fact just yet, some believe that such news is only inevitable.
I'm skeptical as to how muich of an impact (if any) Dan Carcillo will have with his new club but having only given a conditional draft pick and barely making a hit on the salary cap, more can be gained than lost from the KIngs acquiring the native of King City, Ontario - and the Los Angeles Kings and their fans can at least feel good about that.