Dan Carcillo has a tryout contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which gives him the rare opportunity to complete the Eastern Conference Triangle of Hate: Playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.*
From the Penguins, on the signing of CarBomb:
Carcillo, 29, originally broke into the professional ranks with the Penguins organization after being drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. He played two seasons with the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, from 2005-07, tallying 54 points (32G-22A) and 494 penalty minutes in 103 regular-season games.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Carcillo has played nine NHL seasons, beginning with the Arizona Coyotes in in 2006-07. Since then, he has gone on to suit up for the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
Carcillo split the 2013-14 campaign between the Kings and Rangers, scoring four goals and five points with 100 penalty minutes in 57 combined regular-season contests, then adding two goals in eight playoff games, helping the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they fell to the Kings in five games.
As mentioned here, Carcillo was actually drafted by the Penguins in 2003 at No. 73 overall, right ahead of Clarke MacArthur. There’s only 176 points separating them now!
Carcillo played 31 games for the Rangers last season, scoring three goals and earning 43 PIMs; before that, he had one goal in 26 games for the Los Angeles Kings with 57 PIMs. He’s been a negative CorsiRel player in the last two seasons, including with the 2013 Cup champion Blackhawks.
So what is this? A favor?
The Penguins’ bottom six still needed some addressing, especially on the left side, but doesn’t Steve Downie sorta do what Carcillo does, but lightyears more effectively?
Well, at the very least, he’s familiar with Wilkes-Barre if things don’t work out. Wonder what Craig Adams thinks of all this?
* I consider this the Triangle of Hate with the full acknowledgement that at various times the Devils or Bruins or even the Capitals could create at least a Trapezoid of Hate.