GM Stan Bowman opened up another roster spot for a young gun. On Tuesday he traded Daniel Carcillo to the LA Kings for a conditional 2015 draft pick. Reportedly the pick will be a fifth rounder if Carcillo appears in at least 40 games, if not the pick will be a sisxth rounder.
Carcillo appeared in four postseason games this past year and only played in 50 regular season games over the last two years. Most of the time he was injured or suspended during his time with the Hawks.
The trade frees up a little more capspace for the Hawks. Carcillo has one year remamining on his deal, which carries a $875,000 cap hit next season. But this move was less about that and more about opening a roster spot.
The Hawks have a talented group of young forwards, including Ben Smith, Jeremey Morin, Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri, who seem ready to make the jump from the AHL to the NHL this season. With the trading of Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik and the departure of Viktor Stalberg thru free agency it would appear management agrees that they are ready.
During his two seasons in Chicago, Carcillo had four goals and 10 assists. He even had a game winner this season. However for him he will always be remembered fr the hit he delivered on Tom Gilbert. It was that hit that also cost him much of the 2011-2012 season, due to the suspension and injury.
He served 93 penalty minutes in his 50 games in Chicago. That is a shockingly low number for him but that is because he had only 11 this past season.
For the Kings, he will provide a little bit of that edge and someone who is willing to mix things up on the ice. It seems to be always the thing GMs look for after losing in the playoffs.
If Carcillo can play under control he can be a very useful player. We saw it at times here. Hopefully he can keep it up in LA and maybe shake a little bit of the reputation he has earned over his career.