Daniel Carcillo’s Season Is Over—What Did He Bring to the Chicago Blackhawks?

January 14th, 2012 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
Daniel Carcillo's ride with the Chicago Blackhawks came to a tumultuous conclusion Friday with the news that the infamous forward will be undergoing knee surgery to correct a torn ACL suffered in a January 2nd game with Edmonton.

The likelihood that Chicago will pass on another spin in the Carbomb makes it incredibly easy to pass a stern final judgment of Carcillo's brief Blackhawks career. Suspensions and dirty hits will mar the bottom line, but the argument that Carcillo brought nothing to the team is not a complete assessment.

Chicago took a chance on a wild card. It wound up like most of us thought it could. For a while, though, you could see what drove Stan Bowman to roll the dice.

Most of us were of a similar mindset July 1st when Bowman inked the former Philadelphia goon. That's how I saw it. The first words out of my mouth were, "We got Carcillo? I hate that goon."

An obvious attempt to add grit to the lineup, here's how I saw it in my season preview:

He'll either be a great fit for the club or play his way out of town with senseless penalties. Don't look for middle ground with this guy. If Carcillo can ...

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