Blackhawks counting on Daniel Carcillo to give some attitude
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org August 8, 2011 3:24PM
PHILADELPHIA , PA - APRIL 26: Dan Carcillo #13 of the Philadelphia Flyers is displeased with the actions of the Buffalo Sabres in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dan Carcillo;
Updated: August 8, 2011 10:15PM
Daniel Carcillo played in only two games against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals when he was with the Philadelphia Flyers.
But when he did, he had one objective — to raise some hell.
‘‘When they put me in, they wanted to get more physical because [the Hawks] were obviously very physical,’’ Carcillo said Monday. ‘‘[They] were fast. [They] were big. They had everything that year. Obviously, that’s why they won.
‘‘The biggest thing that me and [general manager] Stan [Bowman] have talked about was just getting that attitude back, that push back, that ‘screw you’ attitude.’’
Hawks fans might have booed Carcillo when his name was read at the team’s annual convention, but it shouldn’t take long for him to win them over. For starters, he can’t wait to tangle with the Vancouver Canucks.
‘‘I watched that series [in the first round],’’ said Carcillo, who signed a one-year, $775,000 deal with the Hawks after three seasons with the Flyers. ‘‘I’m actually pretty excited to play them. There are a few guys there that play a little bit outside of their shoes. I think I can keep most of those guys in check when we play them this year.’’
‘‘[Maxim] Lapierre, [Tanner] Glass and [Raffi] Torres,’’ Carcillo said.
Why is that?
‘‘Just because, but Lapierre is at the top of the list, though,’’ he said.
Lapierre, however, is the only one of the three still with the Canucks, who made changes after failing to defeat the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup in June.
But give Carcillo credit for listing names. Fans will like that.
‘‘Those names are always on my list,’’ Carcillo said.
It’s no secret that Carcillo, who calls himself an emotional player, brings some qualities the Hawks were lacking last season.
‘‘You have to have a little sandpaper, especially with the rivalries that are here, the Vancouvers and so forth,’’ new Hawks winger Andrew Brunette said. ‘‘There are going to be some games where sime sand-
paper is required.’’
Carcillo can walk a fine line
between being a productive pest and being a penalty problem. He’ll start the season with a two-game suspension for confronting offi-
cials during the first intermission of a playoff game this spring.
‘‘It was just an incident, [and] I don’t real-
ly want to expand on it,’’ Carcillo said. ‘‘The way I play, I’m bound to miss a few games
every year. It comes with the territory. I don’t want to say I like being suspended. I don’t like the pay cuts. I don’t like missing the games. But . . . it’s tough to stay out of the principal’s office.’’
In a way, though, the Hawks want that in-your-face nastiness.
‘‘After the team won the Stanley Cup, they lost some of their grit, and I think everybody realized that,’’ Carcillo said. ‘‘Stan brought me in. He brought Jamal [Mayers] in. He brought Steve [Montador] in and brought Andrew in to get that back, to get that attitude and that swagger that they had when they won the Cup.’’
Carcillo said his goal is not to be limited to fourth-line minutes. It should help that coach Joel Quenne-
ville alters his lines often and tries to balance out minutes. Carcillo has shown some considerable skill, with 13- and 12-goal seasons in his career.
‘‘Everybody always talks about that I can fight, that I’m tough, that I can hit,’’ Carcillo said. ‘‘I pride
myself on my game, as well. You never want to be a fourth-line guy. That’s kind of what I turned into last year . . . and I had a really, really hard time with it.
‘‘It’s tough for me to do my job if I’m on the ice for two minutes. You’re not into the game. You don’t get into an opponent’s head. They don’t have to worry about you. I’m at my best when they’re worrying about me and not worrying about the game.’’