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Chicago’s Dan Carcillo eager to do battle with Canucks past and present this season

Aug 8, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

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If we’ve learned anything from Dan Carcillo‘s days in Philadelphia it’s that he’s not afraid to speak his mind nor is he afraid to do whatever he feels like on the ice as well. From fighting during the Winter Classic in 2010 with Shawn Thornton at Fenway Park, to getting hushed down by Maxime Talbot during a playoff game that saw Talbot beat him in a fight, Carcillo isn’t one to avoid the spotlight.

When the Chicago Blackhawks signed Carcillo this summer, it seemed like a peculiar move as Carcillo has a bit of a bad reputation following him around. After all, he’s going to have to sit out the first two games of the season thanks to a suspension for berating officials during the playoffs and his maniacal play on the ice often leads to bad penalties.

Carcillo told the media in Chicago today that he’s excited for a new start in Chicago and is looking forward to getting a piece of everyone in Vancouver’s lineup… Both past and present as’s Tracey Myers shares.

“A few guys there play a little outside of their shoes,” said Carcillo, who threw out Max Lapierre as well as former Canucks Raffi Torres (now in Phoenix) and Tanner Glass(Winnipeg). “And I think I can keep most of these guys in check when we play them this year.”

The Chicago Blackhawks forward said Monday’s press conference was the first of his career, but he certainly knew how to win over the new crowd. In two months his focus is going to be back to what he knows best: irritating everyone not wearing the same sweater he is.

For taking aim on the Canucks, Carcillo was able to get one out of three correct so that’s pretty good for a baseball batting average, but it’s the fire behind his words that he’s hoping will impress the fans in Chicago the most. While some Hawks fans might not be excited to have Carcillo on board, the second he tries punching out a member of the Canucks or Red Wings, the fans at United Center will be chanting his name.

Hey, that’s how it worked in Philadelphia for Carcillo in the first place and he’s more than aware of that.

“I wasn’t very liked when I got to Philadelphia; they traded away a well-liked player for me (Scottie Upshall). And wherever I play I try to play with emotion. Sometimes emotions get the best of me,” he said. “But with time I’ve learned to hone it and I’ll have to do the same thing here. Everything I do I try to do as hard as I can and with a lot of passion. Hopefully fans embrace it.”

Undisciplined play will earn him a spot in the press box as coach Joel Quenneville won’t stand for it. Bad penalties killed Chicago last season as their penalty kill was one of the worst in the league, finishing 25th out of 30 teams in the NHL. If the Hawks kill doesn’t improve and Carcillo’s antics put Chicago in a hole, his welcome will be all but worn out fast. Being in the same locker room with the guys that beat his 2010 Flyers team for the Stanley Cup should be enough to help show the example he needs to follow.

One thing Carcillo does add is toughness and that’s something the Blackhawks were in the hunt for this summer. How he handles toeing the line between being effective and being a potential problem for his team will be worth watching this season.

  1. everybodyhitswoohoo - Aug 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    “…to getting hushed down by Maxime Talbot during a playoff game that saw Talbot beat him in a fight…”

    Uh…Carcillo destroyed Talbot in that fight. It was probably an ill-advised fight, yeah, and you can argue it made a difference in that game, but he definitely won it.

    Hope they like him in Chicago. He definitely got a bit smarter in his time here.

    • ml3939 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:37 AM

      Yeah, how do you write an article and inaccurately report an event that would have took a minute and thirty seconds to research on youtube.

  2. derpdederpdederp - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    hes so braindead Im sure he thought the guys he named off were still playing for the Canucks. I would love to see Torres ruin him when he tries to start sh*t

    • tommytd - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:15 AM

      …because we all know what an upstanding individual Torres is right????

      • tlndma - Aug 9, 2011 at 8:38 AM

        Torres is a head hunter, who disappears when it’s time stand up for himself. Maybe it’s the Vancouver jersey? If Carcillo could take care of Alex Burrows he’ll win some fans in Boston. We fully expect many of the Canucks to have the “flu”, when they next come to Beantown.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      could you point to the part of my comment where I call Torres a classy player? I cant stand Carcillo and if hes gonna go after Torres I would love for him to come out worse off. in fact I picked Torres out of the 3 because hes the most likely to knock Carcillo out cold, legally or not

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM

        how can anyone like this guy? Avery is the biggest jerk in the league and Carcillo is a less effective Avery wannabe. all he can add to a team is minutes on the PK. hes just a totally useless punk who would spend time eating through a straw every year if there was no stupid instigator rule

  3. warpstonebc - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    The Canucks are thrilled to have Carcillo in the division. Every major he gives up is a nice chance for the Canucks to kill the game in one fell swoop.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    I hope Chi-town enjoys him. The fact the we gave up Scottie Upshall for him to come to Philly has always bothered me. Such a frustrating player to root for. Forewarning for the Blackhawk faithful.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      good point, iit always bugs me when people say “you only hate him because hes not on your team.” real hockey fans hate him because, like Avery, he plays like a complete idiot with no respect for his opponents

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

        Yea he just didn’t play with his head. Which ya kinda have to do when ya play hockey. Don’t get me wrong, he had some memorable moments (e.g. Tim Saunders’ “Carcillo! Carcillo! Dan Carcillo!” call). But I’m not upset that he is gone.

  5. comeonnowguys - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Now, I have no use for Carcillo at ALL, but I can’t believe he and Avery are being mentioned in the same sentence. There’s a difference between being a useless goon on the ice and a deplorable d-bag in nearly every aspect of one’s life (Avery). It’s not even close.

  6. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    seriously? Im not saying their styles are similar, but when you think of useless players who have no idea how to play the game those have to be the first two guys you think of. I wish Cooke would headhunt these jerks instead of skilled players who actually bring something positive to the rink

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Cooke is a cheap player. I’d take CarBombs over Cookie, or whatever he is called, any day. I can’t stand Cooke.

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