Dan Carcillo's reputation proceeds him. It is a reputation that is firmly planted in the recent memory of Blackhawks fans everywhere. Upon the news of his signing with the Hawks, a great swell of mixed emotions began festering and ended in a definite conclusion of doubt for many of us. Is this a good move?
To be fair, Carcillo is a hard guy to play against. Maybe even one of the toughest and most feared in some respects. And he can put up double digits in a single season. So why not great him with open arms? The Hawks are obviously trying to build a team that has the defensive depth to balance their already potent offense. Dan meets that criteria and a Hawk he has become.
The problem is how and why he meets that criteria. Toews is hard to play agianst too, but he spends nowhere near the amount of minutes in the box. Carcillo spent 324 penalty minutes in the box with the Coyotes in their 2007-08 campaign. Im not even sure he played that many minutes on the ice. This can be a large concern, especially with our currently hurting PK.
Simply put, Carcillo is a dirty player and his acquisition has many Blackhawks fans wondering if they can or will get behind and support a player like that. Bowman calls it "personality," and Carcillo says "he has learned to curb his emotions." And yet, the new Hawk will start his season with a 2-game suspension.
I have yet to make a decision of yay or nay. I see his potential and admire what he brings in a "complete game" mentality, but I am also a purest who believes in sportsmanship and allowing talent to decide the outcomes of games.
I have heard the debate many times since the news and want to now hear what all of have to say on the matter. Please leave your comments below. Are you Pro or Con and why?