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Trade: Kings acquire Carcillo from Chicago

Jul 16, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings have added some grit to the lineup, acquiring Dan Carcillo from Chicago for a conditional draft pick on Tuesday.

Carcillo, 28, has spent the last two seasons with the ‘Hawks, appearing in 23 games last year after missing most of 2011-12 with a torn left ACL.

A noted pugilist, Carcillo had 2G-1A last season and appeared in four postseason games for the ‘Hawks during their Cup run, though none after Chicago’s second-round victory against Detroit.

The move to L.A. reunites Carcillo with ex-Flyers running mates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

The three were close during their time together in Philadelphia — when reports broke about Carter, Richards and the “Dry Island” situation, Carcillo jumped to both players’ defense.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Mike Richards,” Carcillo told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s an amazing person. He’s an amazing captain. It makes me upset kind of how he’s been dragged through the dirt a little bit as well as Jeff Carter.

“I don’t think it’s fair and I don’t think it’s warranted.”

Carcillo has one year left on a deal that carries an average annual cap hit of $825,000.

It’s possible this trade is a byproduct of the contract statuses of Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan.

Los Angeles’ two most active fighters from a year ago — Nolan had six scraps, Clifford five — are RFAs. Nolan is headed to an arbitration hearing (Clifford doesn’t have arbitration rights) and could be in line for raises, which might be an issue for the Kings, who are currently $3 million away from the cap ceiling.

Clifford, who tied a career-high in points in 2013, carried an $870,000 cap hit on his last deal.

Nolan had a $531,000 cap hit on his last deal, and set a career-high in points (granted, it was with six.)

  1. tripps3 - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Carcillo added zero value to the Hawks

  2. jimw81 - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    here’s the beginning of the downfall of la kings

  3. dalecooperscoffee - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    He was ok up until he injured his knee.

  4. alexbaymac - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I was mad when they signed him but after seeing how he handled some time on the top lines, showing skill instead of ill, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Then when we met him at the Hawks convention, we were pleasantly surprised at how nice he was in person. I’ll miss him but I understand that this is a business; he was expendable. StanBo is filling the spots with guys from the farm team. If they sit there too long, they lose hope so I’m glad to see room being made for them. They’ll still have to fight for the spots, literally as well as figuratively for this one.

  5. blackhawks2010 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Carrillo missed more than he played and was a liability when he did play taking stupid penalties. Bottom line, he’s not good enough to get on the ice with our talent. Good luck in LA car bomb!

  6. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    At the least penalty kill unit will get a lot of practice.

  7. pone27 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Thank you.

    Have always had a non liking of Carcillo. Had one real solid year in Philly, and still gets recognition for it.

    He still commits bad, pointless penalties, had slowed tremendously over the years, and has been nothing short of injury prone.

    Plain and simple, isn’t a fit in the Hawks system. I feel the Kings are a better fit for him, but is a gap filler at this point. You think of this Stanley Cup team, and no way will you remember Carcillo ever having any contribution towards it.


  8. narfmoo12 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Two thoughts:

    1. If I trick the Flyers into signing me, it means that I could easily parlay that into a contract with the Kings.

    2. Carcillo is worthless. Yes he plays hard, but the Kings have just signed up for a ridiculous amount of stupid penalties at awful times, especially in the offensive zone.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      You mean like the one he got injured on in 2011 that he was also suspended for, the lead to a significant losing streak and almost cost a playoff spot?

  9. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    One down. Now if they would also move Brookbank and Bolling. I know Bolling played some with the Hawks last year, and he’s big, but if you look at both his NHL and AHL stats this year, there are 3 much more promising forwards on the AHL team – Smith, Morin and Hayes. Sign them and LeBlanc, and if Hawks get risd of the other 2 I mentioned, that may save some cap room for next year when they’ll need to look at re-signing the Crow.

    Probably good for the bomb as well, as he’d be a scratch most nights next year too.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      I don’t get it – what was there to thumb down about, unless they are from families of the three. If you disagree with the post, why not state your reasons why?

      • parasolmonster - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM


    • Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      The Hawks WILL NOT sign Crawford to a long term deal. Just won’t happen. BOLLIG. IT’S BOLLIG. I do agree on the seeing Brookbank leave statement. He’s really not very good and we have way too much talent in the minors to be carrying his ass.

  10. cfos00 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Addition by subtraction by getting rid of him. He takes awful penalties all the time and doesn’t have the game to go with it to make up for them. He’s not a big enough guy to scare many people as an enforcer, and this season he would be taking up ice time from some of the younger guys that could be getting into the line up that actually bring something outside of out-of-control hitting to the table. If we got a box of pucks I’d be happy with the trade.

    • jimw81 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      you must of been talking about the old city crew.

  11. dkphilly1122 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Philly never drug Richards thru the mud. We loved Richie as our Captain and respected his play every game. Carter on the other hand was a load and earned every bit of the criticism he got. He was too worried about partying in Center City and Sea Isle. Good for Car Bomb to move onto another team. Suckers!!

  12. chicagobtech - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    This might explain why he had his day with the Cup so quickly.

    • jimw81 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      his name doesnt go the cup, he was one game short that is required inorder to be engraved on the cup.

  13. sizzle299 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Good job only trading a conditional draft pick Kings. Way to not be the Flyers and trade Scottie Upshall AND a SECOND round pick.

  14. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    +I did not see it on this forum, but the Hawks also announced the signing of a Promising Dman, Ryan Stanton today. He had 25 points and a +16 in 73 games. Shawn Lalond had 23 points in 59 games. Adam Clandenning had 46 points in 73 games, and a +17. So why clutter up cap and roster space with Brookbank?

  15. jimw81 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    i wish i knew what carcillo is talking about. his days in philly where over when the flyers saw him as a distraction on the ice and same thing with chicago. As for richards and carter, they would of be in philly today if they didnt blow it to themselves.flyers,especially homer got tired of protecting them from rumor sites and gossip writers.

  16. aldog83 - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I would rather see the Kings sign Kyle Clifford.


    Better skater.

    And puts some pucks in the net.

    Has some skills.

    Needs a little more time.

    Sign Clifford.

    Go Kings Go!

    (We need to re-sign Lewis too….With only 3 Million left I hope we can do it)

  17. mm1022714 - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    “Car-bomb” spent more time in an ice bath than in ice time! Thought him, Mayers & Brookbank represent a 3-nippled Bull & should thank their stars they all can be called Stanley Cup champions.

  18. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    With Carcillo joining Brown on the Kings they have two of the worst cheap shot artists in hockey today!

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