Today, the New York Rangers announced that they traded a 7th round pick in the 2014 draft for forward Dan Carcillo of the Los Angeles Kings.
Carcillo has played on numerous teams before the Rangers, he played on the Phoenix Coyotes, the Philadelphia Flyers, and was part of the flyers team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks, and was on the team last season that won the Stanley Cup, and of course most recently was playing in Los Angeles.
This Ranger team has many problems, one of them being toughness and Carcillo fixes that problem. A comparison I’ve heard a lot since it was announced is to former Ranger Sean Avery, Carcillo is a pest, he can be annoying and takes a lot of heat from fans all over the league. With Derek Dorsett being out, the Rangers needed someone who’s not afraid to drop the gloves and square off with an opponent, the Rangers needed someone who can protect Rick Nash and they have finally acquired someone who can do those things. Head Coach Alain Vigneault calls this trade a low risk move and personally I agree that’s what it is. I think Carcillo helps the team bring in some much needed toughness AND Some veteran Stanley cup winning experience, this trade now doubles the number of people on the Rangers with cup rings, two.
A few statistical notes about Carcillo, he’s played 359 games in nine NHL seasons. Carcillo has 89 points and 1,136 penalty minutes, so his résumé as a tough guy speaks for itself. In the nine seasons Carcillo has played only in three of them has he played 50 games or more, 2007-2008/2008-2009 in Phoenix, and 2009/2010 in Philadelphia.
While Rangers fans should be hesitant about their teams no acquisition, I think he could turn out to be very useful for the team. That being said, just to play devil’s advocate for a moment, the Rangers traded a 7th round draft pick for Carcillo and Henrik Lundqvist was drafted in the 8th round, the point being you never know how a draft pick will turn out.