Less than 24 hours after losing rugged forward Derek Dorsett for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken fibula, the Rangers went out and acquired Dan Carcillo from the Los Angeles Kings Saturday afternoon in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
"We picked up a player than can bring an element of toughness, with us losing Dorsett yesterday for 4-6 weeks it's an area we felt we needed to get a little bit better," explained head coach Alain Vigneault prior to the Rangers game Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "Dan became available and we picked him up."
The soon-to-be- 29 year-old Carcillo has accumulated 1,136 penalty minutes in 359 career NHL games while playing for the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Los Angeles Kings. He was a member of Chicago's 2013 Stanley Cup championship-winning team, appearing in 23 regular season games and another four in the playoffs.
In 2007-08 Carcillo put together a career year with Phoenix, scoring 13 goals, totaling 24 points, and accumulating a league-high 324 penalty minutes. He had 254 penalty minutes while splitting 2008-09 with the Coyotes and Flyers, and then scored 12 goals and had 22 points and 207 penalty minutes the following season with Philadelphia.
This season Carcillo had appeared in 26 games with the Kings, racking up 57 penalty minutes to go along with one goal and one assist.
"For us it's a low-risk move," explained Vigneault. "He's in the last year of his contract, not very expensive, and hopefully he'll come in and help us."
Dorsett, who has three goals and 103 penalty minutes in 37 games played this season, broke his fibula while blocking a shot in the first period of New York's 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Friday night.