Dan Carcillo goes after new rival

Updated: August 8, 2011, 6:13 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- New Chicago Blackhawks tough guy Daniel Carcillo wasted no time in going after his new team's most bitter current rival, the Vancouver Canucks.

"I watched that [playoff] series and certain guys that don't play the way they usually play can get away with it in the playoffs because there is no fighting in the playoffs," said Carcillo, who was introduced to the media at a press conference Monday along with teammate Andrew Brunette. "I'm going to have to try and get them to answer the piper. ... There is a few guys that played outside their shoes. I think I can keep most of those guys in check when we play them this year."

When pushed for names, Carcillo didn't hesitate.

"[Max] Lapierre, [Tanner] Glass and [Raffi] Torres," he said. "Lapierre is at the top of the list, though."

It matters little that Glass and Torres no longer play for the Canucks -- Carcillo is willing to name names, even in a laid-back August press conference.

"The biggest thing that [general manager] Stan [Bowman] and I have talked about is to get that attitude back and that push back, you know that kind of 'screw you attitude.' You know what I mean?" he asked.

Everyone knows what he means, including the NHL. Carcillo is suspended for the first two games of the season after a between-the-periods incident with officials during the playoffs. He's also been a controversial tweeter in the past, though he no longer has an account.

"The way I play I'm bound to miss a few games every year," Carcillo said. "It comes with the territory. I don't like being suspended or the pay cuts, but the way I play it's tough to stay out of the principal's office."

Carcillo says he's learning how to control himself in order to stay out of the penalty box. His penalty minutes have decreased since leading the league with 324 in 2007-08.

"I wasn't very liked when I got to Philadelphia," he said. "Wherever I've played I just try to play the game with emotion. Obviously, sometimes my emotions get the best of me. With time I've learned to hone it. I have to do the same thing here."

Even by NHL standards, his "Car Bomb" nickname is pretty unique.

"I was at a golf tournament and they were trying to figure out a nickname and [former Flyer] Riley Cote came up with car bomb and it stuck ever since," Carcillo said. "The way I play and my personality, you know something can set me off so that's why they came up with that nickname."

Carcillo, Jamal Mayers and Steve Montador -- a solid defenseman -- all are expected to add toughness to keep opponents off-balance.

And Brunette will provide a stable veteran presence for a young Chicago team.

The 37-year-old is expected to play on one of the Blackhawks' top two lines with stars such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. He said he'll be able to mesh with the Blackhawks' top offensive producers even though he's not the league's fastest skater.

"You don't have to have the best speed to be able to get in place to score," Brunette said. "The one good thing for me is it's tough to lose a step as you get older if you never really had it."

The move also has reunited him with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Brunette had 18 goals and 26 assists with Minnesota last season but enjoyed his most productive offensive run under Quenneville in Colorado from 2005 to 2008.

"It will be a nice change to be back with Joel," said Brunette, who signed a two-year deal that pays $2 million annually. "I had some of the best years of my career in Colorado."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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