Ex-Blackhawks agitator Carcillo still a mover and a shaker
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter January 8, 2014 10:37PM
Updated: January 9, 2014 12:13AM
Daniel Carcillo does what Daniel Carcillo does. The fact that he’s on his fourth team in five seasons won’t change that.
“I think everyone is familiar with what I do, and there are no surprises,” Carcillo said Wednesday morning before making his Rangers debut. “I’m not really going to tailor my game to try to not hurt people’s feelings.”
The Rangers acquired Carcillo, who played in 23 games for the Blackhawks last season, from the Kings on Saturday for a seventh-round draft pick. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he wanted the energy and momentum-turning shifts that the wrecking-ball Carcillo can bring. The agitator once racked up 324 penalty minutes in only 57 games as a member of the Coyotes.
“There are only a select few guys in the league who have that type of security,” Carcillo said of changing teams again. “Guys like us tend to move around more often than not. L.A. was fun while it lasted, but toward the end, I wasn’t playing for whatever reason, and they’ve got young guys that do the same job that I do, and obviously they have more invested in them. I was movable, and [the Rangers] expressed to me that they needed a little more grit and a little bit more energy, which is what I can do for them.”
Antti Raanta apparently has been a little insufferable in the Hawks’ locker room since Finland beat Sweden to win the world junior championships Sunday. At the very least, Raanta won a dinner from the Hawks’ trio of Swedes.
“He’s all by himself on that one,” said Jonathan Toews, who had to listen to Raanta’s trash talk after Finland trounced Canada 5-1 in the semifinals. “He’s got everybody else trying to shut him up pretty quick. We’ll let him have his moment.”
For general manager Stan Bowman, the best part of the world juniors was seeing 2012 first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen of Finland lead the tournament in scoring with 15 points. Teravainen assisted on all three goals in the gold-medal game.
“He was the most dynamic player there,” Bowman said. “When he left training camp here and went back, his goal was to really be a difference-maker in the world juniors, and what a way to cap it, with a gold medal.”