As PumperNicholl said to me after we heard the news that Daniel Carcillo had been traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a Conditional 5th Round Draft Pick in 2015…
So, since Daniel Carcillo wasn’t good enough to play in any of the Western Conference Final games against the LA Kings (and really only good enough to play in 4 of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 23 post-season games)… I decided to go straight to the source to find out the real deal in regards to the LA Kings new #1 Left Winger. (FYI, I’m not kidding.)
Honestly… I had no idea Rush was still alive.
I didn’t like Dan Carcillo the day the Hawks signed him. This being despite the fact that he made a significant contribution to the Hawks winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 by wiping Jeff Carter out during the Final, by missing a hit on the oh-so-stealthy Tomas Kopecky.
So when the Hawks signed him (and he was already serving a suspension), we knew we weren’t exactly getting Bobby Hull. And of course, he wound up tearing his knee and knocking himself out for the last quarter of the 2012 season while laying a cheap shot that got him suspended. Then Stan Bowman signed him for another year. Fuck me.
So last season at some point, Slak tweeted something about “Gorilla Saad” referring to Brandon Saad… somebody who differs from Carcillo in actually having the whole “how to play hockey” thing figured out. I countered that Gorilla Salad would be more fitting a nickname for Carcillo.
And that is all it took. The nickname spread faster than itchy crotches in a convention of Paris Hilton’s exes, and it reached critical mass when he scored one of his two goals in the 2013 season, banging a rebound into an open net to win a game to keep the Hawks’ points streak alive.
Since then, it’s seen widespread use throughout the Blackhawks’ blogosphere, it hit the NBC Sports Network, XM Radio, and has been used by other teams’ bloggers as well. In fact, I think one of the things other teams’ bloggers enjoyed is that this nickname came from the inside, as it were.
Now it’s yours. Stanley Cup winner Gorilla Salad, newest LA King. Get ready for hearing about how he plays “with an edge” and is a “great teammate”. What you got is a shitty version of Raffi Torres.
Good luck with that.
Dan Carcillo’s tenure in Chicago will be remembered for a few things. First, confusion as to why Stan Bowman, a very competent general manager, would pay him US dollars. Second, why Joel Quenneville, a fairly competent NHL head coach, would insert him into any lineup. And third… the sheer terror of knowing that when he played the odds of someone being maimed on the ice because of his recklessness would skyrocket.
Well, there you have it. The Elite of Chicago Blackhawks Bloggers telling us exactly how awful Daniel Carcillo is. I just wish there was some way for us LA Kings fans to understand why Daniel Carcillo was brought to Los Angeles to play hockey…