Today one of the more curious chapters in recent Blackhawks history came to a close, as Daniel Carcillo's tenure as a wearer of the Indian Head came to an end. Carcillo was traded to Los Angeles for a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. Which is pretty much the least any NHL team could take for a player, since it wasn't as if Hawks GM Stan Bowman could get an In-N-Out Burger for him.

Carcillo was never a good fit for the Hawks. The Hawks' style of play requires speed and skill. Carcillo was slow and not very good at hockey. LA does play a more downtempo and physical game, which means that maybe he can fit in there. Except, again, not very good at hockey. So who knows if Darryl Sutter will give him too much ice time in LA. I can tell you this - the more time he gets in LA, the worse it'll be for the Kings.

Now our genuine dislike for him on this humble site has been well documented, even before we hung the sobriquet "Gorilla Salad" on him. A lot of people were not happy with that nickname, I know. But you know what? There's always some shit we do that pisses somebody off. And the stuff that doesn't piss you off personally is why you come here. But let me get off my soapbox and back to the subject at hand, the Carcillo trade.

Bowman should be commended for the yeoman work he's done this summer. He got Bryan Bickell for 4 years and $16 million. If you still don't believe this is a "hometown discount", look at the 7 year, $37.1 million deal that Nathan Horton signed with Lumbus. Then he kept Nick Leddy and Marcus Kruger for two more years at around a $4 million combined hit. 

Now that Carcillo will ply his trade, such as it is, in Tinseltown, the Hawks moved an $825 thousand cap hit whose primary function was converting oxygen to carbon dioxide - so the Hawks would even have to buy a plant to balance him out. Plus, he has a one-way deal, so the hit stays with the club. Now it's Kings' GM Dean Lombardi's problem.

Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville can now start backfilling the roster with young players on two-way contracts. Which can help out if Stan needs to be a little more hands-on with cap management. If there is a three or four day break between games, he can send some of the guys on two-ways down to Rockford in order to spare that day's accumulation toward the cap. 

Plus, now with Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith all but guaranteed roster spots this fall, there is room both on the roster and under the cap for another forward - expect either Jimmy Hayes or Brandon Pirri to get the first shot, unless somebody else is just astounding at camp. If Q is so inclined, he can even carry an eighth defenseman. So you can finally get that Ryan Stanton shirsey you've been craving.

But at the end of the day, you hope every trade your team makes does one thing - make your team better. This trade does that, regardless of who Carcillo's replacement is.


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  • 7/17/2013 8:38 AM Mr V wrote:
    The name Gorilla Salad always grossed me out, as the picture it created in my head was a salad with hair in it. Not good.

    I liked what the salad brought to the dressing room & I think players like Kaner did too. You need to like the guys you play with to some extent. Now was the perfect time for him to go. The Ice Hog talent is bursting. I think we need to bring up another defense kid, which is why I think Signing Rosival was genius and now, we need to trade "The Sheldon" to open up a little capage. Rosi can play every other day and help the maturation of the kiddies. (Until playoff time.)

    I can't believe how bright the future is.

    We have just won the cup and I can't wait for camp to start!

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    1. 7/17/2013 8:49 AM MWC38 wrote:
      If that mental image grossed you out, don't ever urban dictionary that shit.
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      1. 7/17/2013 12:14 PM Mr V wrote:
        Well, ...

        ... Of course I looked it up.

        I still don't want hair in my salad.
        (And yes the vision was pubes.) Yuck.
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  • 7/17/2013 8:48 AM Mr V wrote:
    Oh Yea. La Blaaaa & Pirri fight it out for 2nd line center. Zuus can work like Rosi on the D, playing every other night & teaching the kiddies. (Or bouncing between 2 & 4 line center.) We don't even need Mcneil & Danault to come up yet. What if Rockford wont he AHL Title & the Hocks repeated for the Cup? would that be good? Ha! I'm so excited!

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  • 7/17/2013 2:18 PM Dave Morris wrote:
    The In N Out Burger reference is Forkalicious.

    Now ensconced in Hollywood, CarBomb will certainly help to fill the void left by the departure of Dusty Penner.

    PLUS - he's starring in MACHETE GORILLA SALAD! alongside Danny Trejo.
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  • 7/17/2013 4:22 PM Fro Dog wrote:
    The Blackhawks still have Bollig, right? He's pretty much the same as Carcillo, maybe a bit better at hockey. Why have two on the team when you only need one?
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    1. 7/20/2013 2:33 PM Sal wrote:
      I actually thought Carcillo was the better player. He showed flashes of brilliance with the Coyotes.
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  • 7/20/2013 2:43 PM Sal wrote:
    Personally, I had high hopes for Carcillo with the 'Hawks. I thought he was a bit rough around the edges with Phoenix, but a complete moron when he played for Philadelphia. He reminded me a lot of Dave Manson -- a decent defenseman from the 1990s who became an all-star once he learned to calm down. I was hoping Danny Boy would come around too, but he was too busy being injured all the time.

    And not to s-p-a-m your blog, but as long as we are on the topic of Carcillo...

    How Daniel Carcillo Picks a Fight:
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  • 7/24/2013 9:30 AM Fork wrote:
    His best season in Phoenix was 24 points in 57 games in 2007-08. That's also the best season of his career. His 3 points in 23 games this past season are a pretty good indication that he'll probably never sniff 20 points again.
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