Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo spent this past Sunday with the Stanley Cup. Tuesday afternoon, he was westbound and down, loaded up and truckin' to the Los Angeles Kings. Give a wave as we watch ol' Carbomb run.
Yes, Smokey And The Bandit was on cable Tuesday night, and I watched it...twice. I don't know if Carcillo will be making the trek west in a black Trans-Am, but he is headed west nonetheless.
The Blackhawks trading Carcillo to the Kings, as per Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago, for a conditional draft pick in 2015 is another move by general manager Stan Bowman that won't make national headlines. It is, however, another solid transaction for Chicago.
Getting anything in return for the little-used Carcillo is an accomplishment. I had the feeling that the 'Hawks would be content to ride out the last year of his contract, possibly shipping him to Rockford. There wouldn't seem to be a lot of trade value in a player who has had knee issues in each of the last two seasons.
Instead, Carcillo has a new team, and Bowman saves another $825,000 in cap space. He picks up another draft pick to boot.
The conditional pick is a sixth-rounder in 2015. If Carcillo appears in 40-plus games with the Kings in 2013-14, that would change to a fifth-round selection, according to NHL.com. Either way, this is a win for Bowman.
Carcillo, who by all accounts was a well-liked guy in the locker room, never found a steady role with Chicago in either of the two seasons he spent there. There were moments where he was able to inject energy and grit into the lineup, however, injuries prevented Carcillo from maximizing his impact.
A right knee sprain on opening night paved the way for Brandon Saad to enter the lineup. The surgery needed on his left knee the season before allowed Andrew Shaw to emerge as an agitator.
Shaw's presence made Carcillo an expendable piece for Bowman. Moving him wasn't of the essence, but when the opportunity arose, Bowman pulled the trigger. That's been a theme for the organization this summer, and it is serving them well.
Bowman can let value come to him via signings and trades. Signing Marcus Kruger for a cap hit of $1.325 million is right in line with the way the offseason should progress.
Chicago has over $2 million in cap space as of Wednesday. Bowman can potentially pick up depth on either side of the puck and not overpay for it. He could also pocket the cash until the trade deadline next spring.
Moving Carcillo to the West Coast wasn't a move that had to be made, but it was a good one on Bowman's part. Not having to make decisions out of desperation is a nice luxury. The strategy may bear more fruit in the coming weeks.