The emotions of Los Angeles Kings fans were toyed with for quite a while, but after lots of speculation the Blackhawks' Daniel Carcillo did indeed make his way from the Chicago Blackhawks to Los Angeles. KingsCast TV was way ahead of everyone else, posting the scoop at 1:44 PM Pacific...
Hearing Carcillo headed to #LAKings for a pick.— KingsCast TV (@kingscast) July 16, 2013
... but it took a while for any sort of confirmation. In the end, it's a single conditional draft pick. If Carcillo plays more than 40 games with Los Angeles next season, the Kings give up a 5th round pick in 2015. If he doesn't, the Kings give up a 6th round pick. I'll take the under; if the Kings actually need Carcillo to play more than half the regular season games, we might be in trouble. (He hasn't done that since 2010-11.)
Carcillo's name is a familiar one, but as you can see, he never actually played all that much for a stacked Chicago team. As per usual, we'll break this move down further in the next few days to figure out what we're getting.
The first takeaway: we now have a little over $2 million to work with, and Clifford, Lewis, and Nolan still need to be signed. Lewis is almost guaranteed to be back, but the fates of both Clifford and Nolan are in doubt. The second takeaway: cool, a natural left winger! He replaces the newly departed Dustin Penner, who signed with Anaheim right as this trade was being announced. (Cheers, Dustin.) The third takeaway: training camp is going to be extremely competitive this year.
- Defensemen competing for two regular spots: Keaton Ellerby, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Jeff Schultz, Willie Mitchell (if healthy)
- Forwards competing for five regular spots: Dwight King, Tyler Toffoli, Matt Frattin, Colin Fraser, Carcillo, Jordan Nolan (if signed), Kyle Clifford (if signed)
Of course, Carcillo has a long history of suspensions and fines as well. His suspension for boarding Tom Gilbert last January earned him a seven-game suspension, his tenth disciplinary action from the league. His record has been clean since; let's hope it stays that way.
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