As Rangers fans, we've all been witness to what a piece of garbage Dan Carcillo can be. Beyond the trash talking and dirty play, he fought Marian Gaborik. MARIAN GABORIK!!!!! Although, Dan Girardi sort of let him, so I guess I can't completely fault the guy. But I digress.
Amazingly enough, the jackass I describe above is exactly what the Rangers need right now. He brings an edge that the Blueshirts are completely void of with the injury to Derek Dorsett. He's also not afraid to standup for a teammate and can provide a jolt of energy when needed. Plus, "Carbomb" has to be one of the best nicknames in sports.
However, Carcillo has not been the same guy most of us remember from his days in Philadelphia. Since signing with the Blackhawks in 2011, his career has gone downhill. During his first season in Chicago, he suffered a torn ACL that forced him to miss half the year. Then he sprained the same knee the next season, which forced him to miss a month and eventually lose his job to Brandon Saad. Carcillo only dressed in four first round playoff games during the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup last Spring. During this past offseason, Carcillo was traded to the Kings, but had only suited up in half their games this year.
Carcillo has also been suspended on six separate occasions in his career, so he sometimes has a tough time knowing where that line is between agitator and moron.
So, what Carcillo are the Rangers getting? The one who put up 20 points (12g, 10a) along with 207 penalty minutes and 194 hits in 2009-10 for the Flyers and when doing his job looks like this?:
Or the idiot who does this?:
I guess we'll find out starting tonight.
Here's a little insight into how Alain Vigneault views the Carcillo acquisition (via New York Post)…
“For us this is a low-risk move. He’s in the last year of his contract, it’s not very expensive [$825,000], so hopefully he can come in and help us.”
…Carcillo's role and ice time will be completely dependent upon himself. If he can bring a tough, gritty, in your face style, he'll have a positive impact on this team. To be honest, all I'm looking for from him is to provide a spark when the Rangers have a lull in their game. A hit. A fight. Anything to get his team's head back into the game. If he can't offer that or the Rangers find inspiration somewhere else, Carcillo could end up spending more time in the press box than John Scott did when the Rangers acquired him two years ago.
…now, after Saturday night's performance, I'm not 100% sure Carcillo even gets in the game tonight. However, most coaches like to get a new piece immediately into the lineup, so I expect him to dress. The question is, who comes out? If it was based on performance, Nash or Stepan should be in street clothes, but we all know that's not going to happen. While I hate to see a guy coming off a two-goal performance sent to the press box, games like that have been too far and few in between from Dominic Moore. I also think Boyle is better on faceoffs and the penalty kill as well as being a bigger body out there. The wild card to sit is JT Miller. It'd be a travesty if he's a healthy scratch as the Rangers are 5-2-0 in the seven games he's played in since being recalled on December 19th. AV sat him for Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Pens.
…btw, if Carcillo does play against Columbus tonight, I think Rangers fans' heads will explode if he fights Dubinsky.