(ESPN)–The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a two-year contract extension with forward Daniel Carcillo, who underwent knee surgery in January. “I’m excited,” Carcillo said Monday. “It was obviously my goal to have a great year here. That really didn’t pan out with the injury. It was kind of out my control. I’m the happiest guy in Chicago to hear I’m coming back for another two years.” The average salary of the contract is $825,000 per season, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. The Blackhawks didn’t announce the financial terms of the deal. The Blackhawks acquired Carcillo to add toughness this season, but the results were mixed. He was suspended twice, including once for the hit he made while injuring his knee on Jan. 2. He also was suspended for an incident in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. “He has a purpose behind the way he plays and he had a tough couple of suspensions he can learn from as well, but at the end of the day he gives us a lot of depth in an area we can use,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
I don’t even know what to say anymore. Just when you think Stan Bowman can’t be any worse as a GM, he goes and pulls a stunt like this. This contract extension makes zero sense. Carcillo plays a role that every team needs, but he doesn’t play it well in my opinion. He too often crosses the line. He takes bad penalties, gets suspended, and doesn’t bring a lot to the table other than his grit. Carcillo played got some top 6 minutes in his 28 games with the Blackhawks early this season. Playing alongside some of the best players in the world Carbomb only managed 11 points in 28 games. He doesn’t kill penalties, he doesn’t skate particularly well, and he plays reckless. Last season, the market for Carcillo was minimal. The Blackhawks signed the unrestricted free agent winger to a 1 year $775k deal. Fast forward 9 months and Stan has decided that after multiple suspensions and a torn ACL Carcillo’s value has somehow gone up by $50k per season. How does that make sense? Carcillo would be lucky to get $600k on the open market given his play this season coupled with his serious knee injury. The Blackhawks don’t have infinite cash to throw around. We live in the salary cap era where every extra dollar counts. When Stan replaced Dale Tallon we were told that he was an “expert cap manager”. Well I haven’t seen one transaction to prove it. It’s time to fire Stan. The team is getting worse and he is locking the Blackhawks into bad deal and pissing away assets left and right. It’s like he is trying to torture Blackhawks fans. Just messing with our minds as he and his old man are still secretly on the Red Wings payroll. Seems pretty far-fetched until you realize his true identity.
I’m on to you Ben, you diabolic dick. Go back to the island and get the hell away from my team!!!!
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(ESPN)–CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Andrew Shaw from Rockford of the AHL while placing Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador on injured reserve.
Olsen, 21, was the Hawks first round pick in 2009. He has one goal, one assist and 38 penalty minutes in 30 games this year with the IceHogs in his first full professional campaign.
Shaw just signed an entry level contract on Tuesday as the Hawks fifth round selection in this past summer’s draft. He has 12 goals and is third with 21 points in 33 games with Rockford. He ranks second on the club with 80 penalty minutes.
Kruger has missed the past three games and four of five after suffering a concussion while Montador has an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Do the Blackhawks have great organizational depth or what? So far this year the Hawks have seen Brandon Saad, Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri, Marcus Kruger, Jeremy Morin, and now Dylan Olsen and Andrew Shaw all play for the varsity. That’s pretty impressive for a team that sits a top the Western conference.
The latest batch of call-ups have the potential to fill specific needs for the Hawks. Dylan Olsen was the Blackhawks’ 2009 first round pick. He is a big, yet mobile, defenseman at 6’2″ and 215 lbs. The Blackhawks have been struggling to find that 6th defenseman to play with Montador because the rotation of O’Donnell, Lepisto, and Scott can’t be trusted to give them consistent minutes. Olsen plays with a little bit of jam as well. That is something that the Blackhawks desperately need on the back-end. Hopefully Dylan Olsen is the answer as the team’s 6th defenseman so Stan Bowman can focus his attention to other areas of need.
I’d be lying if I said that I remembered Andrew Shaw from the preseason or prospect camp. So I needed to do a little research on him. The more I read and watched the bigger the smile on my face got. Shaw is 3rd on the IceHogs with 21 points in 33 games and is 2nd on the team in penalty minutes. Judging from various highlight packages Shaw seems to be a tremendous energy player with a little bit of a screw loose. The guy is tough and chirpy. He could provide the jam and sand the Blackhawks have been missing the past season and a half. I am praying he makes a good impression here because you can count me as a guy who is over the whole Dan Carcillo thing. His hit on Tom Gilbert was reckless and dumb if not dirty. He has been suspended indefinitely and its been suggested that his suspension could range from 4 to 6 games. Carcillo also appeared to suffer a knee injury on the play. I really couldn’t care less how long Carcillo is sidelined and part of me hopes he is done for the season. The Blackhawks definitely needed more grit, so the Carcillo signing made sense in the offseason, but he too often hurts the team more than he helps them. So…let the Andrew Shaw era begin.
Furthermore, I would really like to see the Blackhawks cut bait with several other veterans and go with a youth movement in the bottom six. If the Blackhawks can trade Frolik, Bickell, and Carcillo for a used puck bag then they should’ve made that trade yesterday. If I am sitting in Stan and Joel’s respective chairs my roster looks as follows:
Shaw as the 13th forward and dressing selective games when the team needs more jam (St Louis, Boston, LA Kings)
Lepisto-Scott-O’Donnell on the taxi squad
Bowman will probably make a move for another top 6 forward and maybe another veteran defenseman, but I think the roster shown above is good enough to win the Western Conference.
PS: ESPN Insider is reporting that Teemu Selanne trade talks are heating up. He would be an absolute perfect rental for the Blackhawks.
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(ESPN)–“I don’t want to name names right now, but there is one guy on Vancouver I’d like to take a big piece of, and I think everybody knows who I’m talking about,” Carcillo said on “The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show” on ESPN 1000. Carcillo, a former Philadelphia Flyer who signed a one-year, $775,000 contract, named Maxim Lapierre as enemy No. 1 at his introductory news conference. And on Wednesday, he said: “Throw [Alex] Burrows in there, too.” The Blackhawks host the Canucks Nov. 6. The Blackhawks acquired the 6-foot, 205-pound Carcillo to provide some toughness that was perceived to be missing last season, especially during their first-round playoff series, which Vancouver won in seven games. And considering Carcillo has 986 penalty minutes in 282 career games, they might have found the right guy. “It’s hard for me to stay out of the principal’s office,” he said. “Every year I seem to get in trouble, but it’s part of my game. I guess I have a little problem with authority figures.”
Oooo BABY!!! New Blackhawks tough guy, Dan Carcillo sure does know how to sweet talk a hockey fan. This is the second time since joining the Hawks that Carcillo has pulled at my heart-strings and made me weak in the knees by chirping about the Canucks. Nobody hates the Canucks more than I do so when Carbomb says he is going to “take a piece out of” Max Lapierre and Alex Burrows, I get a big smile on my face. Having John Scott is like having a nuke. He’s a deterrent for the other teams, but you never really get a chance to see it in use. Carcillo is a different story. Being smaller, mouthier, and a better skater will make sure there are a lot more fireworks. I for one can’t wait to see the guy in action. I really wish he was available for the first two games against the Dallas Stars because I would love Carcillo to take a piece out of Steve Ott and Brendan Morrow as well.
A little something to wet your beak before Carbomb makes his debut…
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“I watched that [playoff] series and certain guys that don’t play the way they usually play can get away with it in the playoffs because there is no fighting in the playoffs. I’m going to have to try and get them to answer the piper. … There are a few guys that played outside their shoes. I think I can keep most of those guys in check when we play them this year. Max Lapierre, Tanner Glass and Raffi Torres. Lapierre is at the top of the list, though. The biggest thing that Stan and I have talked about is to get that attitude back and that push back, you know that kind of ‘screw you attitude.’ “–Dan Carcillo
I have hated Dan Carcillo for years and I wasn’t particularly thrilled that he would be joining the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks. All of that was wiped away with one little sound bite. What’s that Dan? You hate the Canucks? Specifically Max Lapierre and Raffi Torres? Well, welcome to the family!!! Doesn’t even matter that Torres isn’t on the team anymore. I just love that Carcillo is willing to call out the Canucks for being completely gutless. The Hawks didn’t have enough grit last year, and Carcillo brings sand to go with the skill and swag on the rest of the roster. The Blackhawks are looking good heading into 2011-12, and still have some flexibility to add a piece(2nd line center) if needed during the year.
PS: I still miss you Adam Burish
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