With Derek Dorsett on the mend, the New York Rangers wasted little time in acquiring a player with a similar skill set, sending a conditional 7th round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for the pugnacious Dan Carcillo.
The 6-foot, 203-pound Carcillo has played in 26 games for the Kings this year, scoring 1 goal and adding an assist. He's dressed for just one game since December 15th.
But, goal scoring is obviously not the reason Glen Sather acquired the 28-year-old. Carcillo is a player that is unafraid to mix things up–he once amassed 324 penalty minutes in just 57 games–and the hope is he'll stir the pot for a Rangers team that has looked flat at times this year.
While at his best, Carcillo–who won a cup with Chicago last season–brings toughness to a Rangers' lineup that has shown little of it, at his worst, he's a lose cannon and a liability. The man they call "Carbomb" has gone off more than a handful of times in his career–he was suspended 3 separate times just in the 2011-2012 season.
So in other words, if he crosses the line, expect him to take a long, unwanted, rest courtesy of Brendan Shanahan.
For the time being, the left winger figures to slot into the spot on the Rangers 4th line vacated by the injured Derek Dorsett (4-6 weeks, broken leg). Once upon a time, Carcillo could chip in a bit offensively–he's topped 10 goals twice in his career–but with just 9 tallies in the last 4 seasons, those days appear to be behind him.
-As expected, Cam Talbot will start tonight in Toronto. Talbot beat the Leafs on 12/23 in a shootout.
-Nothing official, but expect JT Miller to dress and play on the 4th line tonight.
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