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Carcillo on Backes: “He hasn’t really answered the bell with any tough guys”

Dec 5, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

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Things got testy Saturday night during Chicago’s 5-2 win over St. Louis. The bitter rivals engaged in a second period skirmish with (surprise!) ‘Hawks agitator Dan Carcillo smack in the middle.

Skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Carbomb defended his new linemates by going after Blues forward David Backes (who’d made the mistake of tangling with Toews.)

Today, Carcillo upped the ante and called Backes out.

“Look at the guys he’s fought in this league,” Carcillo told the Chicago Daily Herald. “He’s a big guy and he’s tough, but he hasn’t really answered the bell with any really tough guys. He goes after guys like [Corey] Perry, and he tries to fight Jonathan Toews. You just can’t let that happen.”

Backes’ page shows a wide range of dance partners. He’s fought legitimately tough guys (Andrew Ference, Robyn Regehr, Ed Jovanovski), some unexpected guys (Rick Nash, Keith Ballard, Ladislav Smid) and a whole bunch of Blackhawks (Bryan Bickell, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Cam Barker, Adam Burish.)

Backes — listed at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds — also famously fought Toews back in Jan. 2010, just prior to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver:

[Note: That was the second fight of Toews’ career. The first was against Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal.]

In reviewing Backes’ fight card, one thing is clear: He’s got beef with Chicago. This isn’t surprising given the Central Division rivalry and hey, let’s be honest — it’s not surprising he’d go after the Blackhawks’ best players. One of Chicago’s chief concerns after losing guys like Burish, Ben Eager and Colin Fraser was team toughness and the ability to protect its stars.

And one of the chief reasons Chicago brought in Carcillo was to stop guys like Backes from taking advantage.

  1. odj810 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    andrew ference is a small guy. he’s gritty but tough? Give me a break. Big bruins fan and for his size he’s tough but going against a 225 lb guy. I hate carbomb more then I hate anyone else in the league, but he’s got a point on this one

    • Mike Halford - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      I dunno, I’ve seen Ference scrap some pretty legit guys before. Moen, Barnaby, Burish (he crushed Burish), Hartnell, Bieksa….of course, he’s also scrapped with Pouliot, A. Kostitsyn and Crosby.

      So, um, yeah.

      • odj810 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        not saying he’s a slouch. but a tough guy absolutely not. backes is the same size as lucic and bigger than thorton. So i do think its a cop out taking on ference. (more of a knock on backes not on ference)

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Carcillo? This guy is nearly useless and a crappy figher himself. Backes should turn around and ask him why he’s a lousy player.

  3. davemeisner - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Everyone hates Carcillo. All he does is play cheap and talk crap.

    • govtminion - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      He’s Avery without the talent or fashion sense.

  4. theyarecalledbreezers - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Wonder if this from his college days? They played against each other in the WCHA, Backes from Minnesota State and Toews from North Dakota. Ballard was at Minnesota at the time too, so who knows, maybe he holds a grudge or two from being disregarded and seeing others get the limelight during his college playing time?

  5. hibackhand - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Hanzel… So hot right now…

    • nhmac - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      always the first thing that comes to mind after reading that name, great post.

  6. comeonnowguys - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Not a huge Carcillo fan, but he’s right. The Blues in general are a great analogue to the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

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