Daniel Carcillo excited to join Rangers

January, 6, 2014
Jan 6
3:26
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- There were several omens for Daniel Carcillo that he would land with the Rangers.

Last week, while he was with the Kings, his girlfriend asked him which arena was his favorite.

His response: Madison Square Garden, which is where he will now play his home games.

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Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SportsDaniel Carcillo was acquired by the Rangers for a conditional seventh-round pick.
"It will be pretty cool man," Carcillo said Monday morning before the Rangers' game against the Blue Jackets. "I always loved to play here."

Carcillo is excited to be with the Rangers after being acquired Saturday for a conditional seventh-round pick. Carcillo, 28, played in 26 games with the Kings and had one goal and one assist. The Rangers are hoping he will provide toughness in the absence of forward Derek Dorsett, who could miss six weeks. Carcillo will be scratched for Monday's game against Columbus.

"I was kind of shocked but I welcome it. Wasn't playing much there for whatever reason. A lot of the same type of forwards there," Carcillo said of the trade. "Good place to be. Great team. Good opportunity to bring what I can -- a little bit of a leadership and some experience and hopefully I'll help in whatever way they want me to."

After Dorsett broke his fibula in the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Penguins on Friday, the Rangers moved quickly to bring in Carcillo. This is Carcillo's fifth team since he joined the league in 2006-07, and he's developed a reputation as a tough guy as he's racked up 1,136 penalty minutes during his career. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault called it a "low-risk move" for the Rangers.

"He brings an energy level. He brings a physical dimension that I think teams need. You need that greasy type player now and then to bring that emotion and energy and grinding game to the forefront. I think Dan brings that," Vigneault said after Monday's morning skate. "He's done it in the past. When we do need him I think he's going to be a good force for us."

Carcillo has been suspended or fined 10 times during his career, including a seven-game suspension in 2012. He said he's making more of a conscious effort to play within the rules.

"No. I love losing money," Carcillo joked. "Of course you make a bigger effort. You see numbers and even if it's a questionable hit now you don't make it, which is tough for guys in my position but I think coaches and management and everyone understands how the game's changing."

Henrik Lundqvist was the first goalie off the ice, indicating he will be the starter against Columbus. Cam Talbot started against Toronto, while Lundqvist started against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist, who received a contract extension in December, is struggling this season, as he's 12-16-2 with a 2.78 goals against average. Talbot, meanwhile, is 9-3 with a 1.66 goals against average.

• Vigneault said the Rangers will go with the same lines Monday that they used in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Carcillo and Justin Falk would be the scratches.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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