TORONTO - With Derek Dorsett out through the Olympic break with a broken leg, and therefore, a need for an "element of toughness," as coach Alain Vigneault said, the Rangers Saturday acquired Daniel Carcillo, who has been suspended or fined 10 times in his career, from Los Angeles for a seventh-round draft choice.
Trading for Carcillo, 28, is a "low-risk move," Vigneault said, because he is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and carries a low cap hit ($825,000). He is certainly one-dimensional, with 41 goals, 48 assists and 1,136 penalty minutes in 359 games with the Coyotes, Flyers, Blackhawks and Kings.
The longest punishment of Carcillo's career came with the Blackhawks on Jan. 2, 2012, when he was suspended seven games for boarding and attempting to injure Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert. He tore his left ACL on the play, and was traded to the Kings last July 16.
He served three suspension in the 2011-12 season.
Carcillo is expected to join the team for practice on Monday.