If Daniel Carcillo had known what would happen on Tuesday, he probably would’ve spent his day with the Stanley Cup doing more with it or just spending some down time in its presence. As it was, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings only two days after Lord Stanley graced Carcillo’s hometown of King City, Ontario in a surprise move by Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. In return, the Blackhawks get a conditional 2015 draft pick.
Carcillo was brought to the Blackhawks in 2011 in Bowman’s need for toughness. In his two years with the Blackhawks, Carcillo became more than just an enforcer. It was his last-minute goal in their game against the Colorado Avalanche that extended their record-breaking point streak in the past season, only days before the Avalanche would turn around and snap it.
Carcillo didn’t come to the Blackhawks without baggage. He spent a handful of games early in the 2011-12 season serving a suspension he’d earned while with the Philadelphia Flyers. In January 2012, he sent Tom Gilbert crashing into the boards, injuring not only Gilbert but himself. That knee injury and the subsequent surgery kept him out for the rest of the season. In this past season, he didn’t play very much, and he was a healthy scratch during the majority of the playoffs.
The trade is another good move by Bowman. It frees up a little more cap space, and it does allow more players from the Rockford IceHogs to earn a spot on the team. This was already going to happen with the departures of Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik. With Carcillo gone as well, it will be time for players like Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes to really shine.