Because of that hit, Dan Carcillo has been suspended by the league indefinitely. And with tomorrow night’s big game looming, that really sucks.
It’s obviously not a huge deal because he isn’t very good. He has a very limited role that he excels in. He’s an agitator who answers the bell from time to time. He’s gotten better at picking his spots and controlling his temper. Once in a while he slips up, and the NHL is quick to punish him because he’s a repeat offender. Once you get a bad rep, you have to be a lot more careful.
After the Flyers traded Scottie Upshall to Phoenix for him, we were unhappy. Scottie was a popular, energetic player that we grew to like very quickly. All of a sudden, because of poor cap management, we had to move him straight up for a guy known for getting dumb penalties and not much else. Paul Holmgren told us that we would grow to love Carcillo because he played a hard nosed brand of hockey that we would appreciate. And over time, he did give us some great moments. He beat the shit out of Gaborik, he scored an overtime goal against New Jersey in the playoffs. But he also had a pointless fight against the Penguins when we were up 3-0 trying to force a game 7 that lead to a big comeback and playoff elimination. In the end, we liked him plenty, but we never loved him.
However, he did get along great with a bunch of guys. He fit in well with Scott Hartnell, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and a few other guys in that crew. For one reason or another, most of those guys are no longer a part of the team. Surprisingly, Hartsy is the one who remains, and happens to be thriving. And I’m kind of disappointed to see that he won’t get to battle Car Bomb. Athletes have friends on various teams, and they always say that it’s all business on the ice. But it’s different when a pair of skill guys are just trying to one up each other on the score sheet.
I wanted to see if maybe they’d drop the gloves or give each other the stinky glove. I want to see what they’ll do if they get into a scrum. I want to see if he’d go after Giroux, or if he’d try to plant some of our defensemen while he forechecks. It’s not just a friend and former teammate, it’s a guy that plays a specific style. I was just hoping to see if he could really leave the emotion out of it and do his job and play against us like any other opponent. Now he won’t get that chance. And next year won’t be the same, because he’ll be even further removed in time, and we may have even more roster moves. Too bad he had to be such an idiot on that play.
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