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Rangers acquire Dan Carcillo from Los Angeles

Jan 4, 2014, 5:06 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have announced that they have acquired enforcer Dan Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional seventh round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The 28-year-old forward has two points and 57 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Kings this season. He recorded at least 200 penalty minutes in three straight campaigns from 2007-08 through 2009-10. The main reason he’s fallen short of that mark since is because he’s been limited to a maximum hasn’t played in more than 57 in any of his previous three campaigns.

Carcillo spent two seasons with Chicago, but was plagued by injuries and his role with the team declined over time. He played in just four postseason contests during the Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup run.

Afterwards they shipped him to Los Angeles to rid themselves of his $825,000 annual cap hit.

  1. lowenni - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    They may have added toughness, but he won’t make any impact to their standings. This team needs someone who can play under Vigneault’s system–Carcillo is most certainly not that person.

    • barkar942 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      How about the Rangers trade AV and staff, Sather and Carcillo to Vancouver for Torts and a bag of pucks?
      Stupidest move Sather ever made was dumping Torts. The Rangers best player is Frodo and their highest paid two forwards are invisible. Three forwards standing in a line watching Jokinen score unchecked last night. That is one hell of a system you have there, AV.
      Let’s stick some fireworks up where the sun don’t shine in the Rangers players then watch them all become hapless Wiley E. Coyote.
      Oh wait- that is the new identity that AV has given this team. Good job!
      (and I am a Rangers fan- can’t wait to see what Cups has to say!)

    • lowenni - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      I don’t think it’s totally fair to bash AV’s system…it works with the right players. However, I don’t believe that the Rangers have the players to work in Vigneault’s offensive minded system. Zucc and Nash are really the only ones who would (and Nash doesn’t show up most of the time). The team was built to fit around Torts’ grinding, hard-working strategies. AV either needs to adjust his system to work with the players, or Sather needs to bring in new players that will work with their coach. I think Torts is a great coach whos ability is overshadowed by his media prescence…that being said they had to fire him becaues he had problems with some of the players and it was time to move on.

    • chanceoffleury - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      The Pens played the Rangers hard from a physical standpoint on Friday and the Rangers did nothing to try and get back at them. After that Engelland hit on Allen (?) I was shocked that the Rangers did absolutely nothing. It was a clean hit, but Engelland rocked him and typically you’d see some sort of retaliation, especially when the team is already in a low place as the Rangers were Friday night. They were competing for their pride more than anything at that point, so it would have been a good time for somebody to get some frustration out and try to get them going. But I guess the reality was that they didn’t have anybody willing to step up to Engelland. Carcillo is the type of guy who would be in that role, so although he may not improve them statistically I think it is a good pickup for the Rangers. The Rangers have plenty of skill when you look at their roster list. They need morale, locker room boosting guys at this point, I think. And it’s a conditional 7th round pick. Unless you’re Detroit it essentially means nothing.

  2. joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    “The Rangers feel they’re added some needed toughness with this acquisition.” I assume you meant to write “The Rangers feel they’ve added some needed toughness with this acquisition.”

    Seems like a desperate attemp to find the spark that will help get this team going on all cylinders.

    • barkar942 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      No, with Dorsett gone, there isn’t another player on the entire team that can drop the gloves. They need someone to be able to slug someone!
      All of this talent on this team going to waste because Sather made the wrong call.

      • barkar942 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        And by the way, doesn’t ANYONE want DelZotto for ANYONE or ANYTHING? Send him home to Toronto for some draft picks.

      • barkar942 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        And how about Kreider? Gee- maybe Torts was right about his lack of defensive ability at this point in his career. Back to over persuing and not scoring. AV doesn’t even put him out in 4 on 4 play! Real trust in his defensive ability!

      • joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Yep! You’re right. I forgot about Dorsett getting injured last night against the Pens. My bad.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:47 AM

        Agree on everything but Kreider. He makes some mistakes, yes… but he can score. He’s one of the few guys on the team that’s consistantly putting them in lately.

  3. thesportsjudge - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    ” He recorded at least 174 penalty minutes in four straight campaigns from 2007-08 through 2009-10.”

    Isn’t that 3 seasons?

  4. matt14gg - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Carcillo’s never really been the same since the knee injury and his effort to “clean up” his game. He brings toughness, but not a lot of skill (anymore). Decent value for a 7th round pick tho. Maybe he can carve out a role that he hasn’t really had in a few years.

  5. matt14gg - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I guess I’m a little surprised to see he’s only 28. Seems like he’s been around forever.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Except he isn’t tough, he’s dirty and a clown.

    • flyerspsu - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Well he used to be real tough, he was one of the top middleweights in the league who also had some skill, that’s why he was a 2nd round pick

      But now he’s neither and rather useless, although with dorsett out for awhile carcillo will have a role on NY could be somewhat effective

  7. joey4id - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    LMAO! The first commenter considered the attributes of this trade and what it means with respect to the fitting into the current Rangers system, and he gets thumbed down. matt14gg, writes he is surprised that Carcillo is 28 years old and he gets thumbed up. :-) what the hell are you thinking people?

  8. 950003cups - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Good job for the rangers. They’ve acquired the necessary toughness needed. Because that’s exactly what Rick Nash and Brad Richards needed to get them going. A tough player to pass the puck to for a one-timer on the PP.

  9. alicesrightfootesq - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Amazing that this guy continues to find work.

  10. flyerspsu - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Solid move for NY, not gonna do much for them in the standings but gave up a 7th rounder for a guy to take dorsetts place while he’s out who was the only player on the team who played with any grit

  11. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    People rip on Paul Holmgren all the time (despite some pretty savvy moves, but that’s a different discussion) for his work, and I disagree a lot, but I will never forgive him for the Carcillo acquisition. Not only did we give up Upshall who fit in perfectly with the developing young core (at that time) but we also handed them a 2nd round pick to boot. And then he has the gall to tell us that Philadelphia will love this guy. Carcillo is not only one of the dirtiest, but dumbest players I’ve ever seen. I’d take Rinaldo over him all day any day.

    Thanks Glen Sather for bringing this P.O.S. back into the division.

  12. crazemastercraze - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    The team is a complete joke either way. The move changes nothing

  13. anthj99 - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Shucks, the Sabres coulda used another blockhead. And for only a 7th rounder.

  14. slysipops - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    sorry but nothing will change RANGER FANS !

  15. drewzducks - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    throw some $hit against the wall and some Carcillo is bound to stick

  16. blomfeld - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM


    “Thank God and praise be … Carcillo was parasite … dead weight … good riddance … message end”

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      Like we said … good riddance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

  17. 1337ryan - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    They’re basically trading Pyatt for Carcillo. In doing that they no longer need Dorsett to fight all the time (also don’t need to watch Boyle embarrass himself when he fights). As a Ranger fan I don’t mind this at all. This season has been really weird, so who the hell knows…this could be good. It could also be nothing.

  18. bbk1000 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    You think this is bad, wait until Sather signs him to a 6 year $39 million contract…..

    Sather must go….

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