Nov 29, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingDaniel Carcillo
(13) makes a pass in the first period against the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
News yesterday was that the injured Blackhawks were doing some skating and could soon start practicing. Steve Montador and The Car Bomb were the biggest topics when Coach Quenneville spoke yesterday. He spoke of the possible return of Daniel Carcillo as a good decision to have to make.
It seems like there are only two sides to Carcillo, either you can’t stand him or you love him. Well, in a shortened season every healthy body is a plus to me, but i’m sure if you’ve read our blog enough you know I lean more to the can’t stand than like only because he has too much Dennis Rodman in him. Even though he talks the talk he can’t walk the walk for an extended period of time. Nobody on the ice is safe, from the opposition to himself, even before last year Carcillo talked about being a changed man but still ended up hurting himself.
The thing I’ve never understood about Coach Q is that he has always puts Carcillo with the top 2 lines. He started the season with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa before getting injured again. Enter Brandon Saad who has appeared more and more comfortable each game played while playing on the top line. Saad scored his second goal of his career Tuesday night and looks to have starting to gain favor with Quenneville when he was the #3 shooter in the shoot out loss against the Anaheim Ducks.
Now comes the Carcillo question when he does make it back. The chemistry of the team seems apparent with only Brandon Bollig and Jamal Mayers getting swapped out on the bottom lines. Carcillo can be a high energy guy on the bottom lines while making appearance on penalty kills. It just doesn’t seem like Carcillo should stunt the growth of Saad with the big guns while still giving Quenneville options.
What do you think Quenneville should do when Carcillo returns healthy?