GORILLA SALAD WAXED: Carcillo to LA
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.