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The Los Angeles Kings' slow transformation into the 2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers is one step closer, as the team has acquired Daniel Carcillo from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2013 conditional pick.
Carcillo, who played 23 regular-season games with the Blackhawks in 2013 and four in the postseason -- although none in the Stanley Cup Final, which means he's played in a Final and he's won a Cup, but never both in the same season -- has one year left on a deal worth $825,000.
It's a minor move, although it could speak to the Kings' struggles in getting tough guys Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan under contract.
But the more important wrinkle of this move is that it reunites Carcillo with best buds Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, whom he defended after they were shipped off to Los Angeles (Carter by way of Columbus) amidst the "Dry Island" controversy of 2011.
"I have nothing but good things to say about Mike Richards," Carcillo told the Chicago Sun-Times. "He's an amazing person. He's an amazing captain. It makes me upset kind of how he's been dragged through the dirt a little bit as well as Jeff Carter. I don't think it's fair and I don't think it's warranted."
Dry Island has moved to LA. It's like Dean Lombardi has access to the secret chamber underneath the Orchid station and he's turned the frozen wheel.
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