Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings hardly made any changes to the Kings roster that won the Stanley Cup one season ago. After losing in the conference finals to the Chicago Blackhawks this season the Kings have been very active this offseason. And the most recent move the Kings made was with those same Chicago Blackhawks.
The Kings traded for the Chicago Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo. The Kings Twitter feed confirmed the trade this afternoon.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) July 16, 2013
It’s a roundabout way to confirm a trade, but thats par for the course from the Kings Digital Media team. The Kings traded a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft for Carcillo.
Daniel Carcillo is not your typical, whitebread NHL player devoid of controversy to add to your roster. He’s not Raffi Torres, but Carcillo is a toothless antagonist with Mike Ricci looks.
He was suspended for 7 games in 2012 for this boarding penalty
7 games would have been steep if it wasn’t for his reputation as an agitator, and trouble-maker already.
Carcillo meets the Kings need at left wing since he is in fact a left winger. But he doesn’t address the Kings perpetual problem of goal scoring. He maxed out at 13 goals in his NHL career, and he hasn’t scored more than 4 goals since 09-10 and maxed out at 11 points in that stretch.
Other than frustration with his general lack of production, his teams’ fans support him with his hard nosed attitude and energy. But he’s the type of player opposing teams and fans hate. In more of a back up role, more often than not as a healthy scratch Carcillo will be a great edition to the team.
In the short term Dean Lombardi has plenty of good will banked to make the moves he wants, and receive the benefit of the doubt. Especially since he added another Stanley Cup champ in Carcillo he will get a pass for now with this risky addition.