Blackhawks trade Daniel Carcillo to Kings for draft pick
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org July 16, 2013 6:10PM
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Updated: July 16, 2013 11:04PM
Daniel Carcillo brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of King City, Ontario, on Sunday. It was the last thing he did as a member of the Blackhawks.
The Hawks continued to clear space on their roster Tuesday by trading Carcillo, 28, to the Los
Angeles Kings for a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. Carcillo had two goals and one assist in 23 regular-season games this past season and played in four playoff games. The big-hitting but oft-injured agitator had two goals and nine assists in 28 games in 2011-12, his first season with the Hawks.
Carcillo started the season on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, but he suffered a leg injury in the season opener. By the time he returned 15 games later, he had lost his job to Brandon Saad and was little more than a role player for the rest of the season.
With several young players knocking on the door of the NHL, the Hawks have been freeing up roster spots — dealing Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik and now Carcillo for draft picks — to allow prospects such as Brandon Pirri, Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin a chance to crack the lineup.
Trading Carcillo also frees up a little extra cash. The Hawks now have a little more than $2 million in salary-cap space. But general manager Stan Bowman said Friday that the re-signing of center Marcus Kruger likely would be the end of the Hawks’ NHL-level moves, so that cap space likely will go to players promoted from within.
The Hawks also signed defenseman Ryan Stanton to a one-year contract. He had three goals and 22 assists in 73 regular-season games with Rockford of the AHL this past season, ranking third on the team with a plus-16 rating.