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Blackhawks trade Daniel Carcillo to Kings for draft pick
Daniel Carcillo brought the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of King City, Ontario, on Sunday. It was the last thing he did as a member of the Blackhawks.
The Hawks continued to clear space on their roster Tuesday by trading Carcillo, 28, to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. Carcillo had two goals and one assist in 23 regular-season games this past season, and played in four playoff games. The big-hitting, but oft-injured agitator had two goals and nine assists in 28 games in 2011-12, his first season with the Hawks.
Carcillo started the season on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, but suffered a knee injury in the season-opener. By the time he returned 15 games later, he had lost his job to Brandon Saad, and was little more than a role player the rest of the season. With several young players knocking on the door of the NHL, the Hawks have been actively freeing up roster spots — dealing Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik and now Carcillo for draft picks — to allow prospects such as Brandon Pirri, Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin a chance to crack the lineup.
With a salary of just $825,000, trading Carcillo also frees up a little extra cash; the Hawks now have a little more than $2 million in salary cap space. But general manager Stan Bowman said Friday that Marcus Kruger’s re-signing likely would be the end of the Hawks’ NHL-level moves, so that space likely will go to players promoted from within.
The Hawks also signed defenseman Ryan Stanton to a one-year contract Tuesday. Stanton made his NHL debut in the regular-season finale at St. Louis, when half the Hawks’ roster stayed home to rest for the playoffs. He had three goals and 22 assists in 73 regular-season games with Rockford last season, ranking third on the team with a plus-16 rating.