Chicago Blackhawks: Why You Should Be Excited to See Dan Carcillo

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Chicago Blackhawks: Why You Should Be Excited to See Dan Carcillo
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By now, most of you know about Stan Bowman's shocking signing of Dan Carcillo on July 1, 2011.

In 282 NHL games, Carcillo has racked up 36 goals, 37 assists, 73 points and 986 PIM.

Shawn Thornton and Carcillo made up the first-ever NHL outdoor fight. He told broadcasters a few days earlier that this was his goal.

According to hockeyfights.com, Dan has fought 62 individual players.

At 5'11" and 202 lbs, he may not be the biggest guy out there, but he can handle himself.

I remember when the Chicago Blackhawks first began televising games. It felt like Christmas to a young 12-year-old girl, being able to watch future Hall of Famers Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane at home.

However, the best part of these games was watching former 'Hawks James Wisniewski and Adam Burish getting into fights to protect their players. It was great to have one player on the team that would protect our young guys, let alone two.

Sadly, neither of them are currently with the Blackhawks organization. Last season, the 'Hawks did not have someone on their roster for the sole purpose of being an enforcer. This definitely contributed to how their season ended last year.

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If you did not see the Blackhawks constantly being tossed around last season, then you were surely not watching the same games I was. Teams were constantly taking shots at smaller players, like Patrick Kane.

Guys like him cannot score if they are being pushed around. The worst part of it was knowing that no one would really step up and let the other teams know that they could not do it. Guys tried, sure, but it was not enough. I think this fact was pretty clear last season.

Even though Carcillo is an inch taller than Kane, he is many pounds heavier. Carcillo is a proven enforcer, someone who I am looking forward to having protect the Blackhawks' skilled players. The team's skill guys can rest a little easier knowing he's on their side, while it will strike a little more fear into the hearts of their opponents, knowing that they are one misstep away from his fist.

Like every NHL player has said, Carcillo is the kind of guy you would love to have on your team, but would hate to play against.

The main concern with Carcillo has been his judgement, but he said that is something he has been working on. His 127 PIM last season is by far his lowest for a full season, but yet high enough for him to still be a threat to other players. He has had suspensions in the past, but Carcillo has repeatedly told the press since his signing that he will (hopefully) not take any reckless penalties.

Personally, I cannot wait to see guys like Kesler get what is coming to them.

I want to see the 'Hawks taken care of, protected, and if Carcillo is the man who can get it done, then I am 100% supportive of him.

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