The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they signed forward Dan Carcillo to a professional tryout contract and as such he will be attending their training camp this month. On January fourth the Rangers acquired Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Carcillo seemed like a controversial pick-up at the time, but he seemed to fulfill his purpose, and maybe even then some.
Carcillo was meant to be the replacement on the fourth line for a Derek Dorsett who was injured during a game against the Penguins. He served his purpose and he even helped provide some offense for the team, who can forget his game winning goal against the New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium? How about in the first round during game three against the Philadelphia Flyers when he scored the fourth and final goal of the game and then went to “celebrate” with the Flyers fans watching? Perhaps, however his most important goal came at a time when the Rangers needed one the most. Game seven of round one against the Flyers and there was a pretty back and forth pace to the game, so Carcillo found himself in the right place at the right time to catch Mats Zuccarello‘s no look backhand pass and shove it into the net to give the team momentum.
Dan Carcillo scored only five goals in his short time here, so I’m not going to pretend he was an offensive monster in New York. What I am going to do is tell you what the team does lose by letting him walk. They lose a player who saw success in Alain Vigneault‘s system, even if it was for a short amount of time. They lose a player who will be at the very least a familiar face for Dominic Moore as he is now the only play remaining on the Rangers fourth line from last season. They’re also losing a player that comes with a bit of a history, one Ranger fans witnessed first hand this season. Who can forget during the playoffs when Carcillo shoved the official and was given a 10 game (later reduced to six) suspension?
At any rate, the Rangers are losing a player that I would have preferred to keep, but I’m not Alain Vigneault or Glen Sather so I don’t get to take part in that decision. I wish Carcillo all the best in Pittsburgh, just not against the Rangers.