Vancouverites probably remember the elation that ran through them when Alex Burrows scored the overtime winner to finally get the best of the Chicago Blackhawks in the postseason, but imagine how you might have felt if, say, you lived in Chicago. What do you think is the exact opposite of that elation? All-consuming rage? I’m imagining Angry Hawks Fan, but much, much angrier. Truth is, as much as Canuck Nation seems to think that their playoff victory officially evened the score, it only served to leave the Blackhawks feeling one down. The revenge motif is now a two-way street — beating Vancouver next season is Chicago’s number one priority, and they’ve been stocking up on grit this offseason (often right under the Canucks’ nose) with this goal fully in mind. Hence, the Blackhawks’ acquisition of noted shift disturber Dan Carcillo.
Carcillo is a stereotypical goon, right down to the fact that he doesn’t quite exude knowledge and wisdom. When asked about the rivalry with the Canucks in his introductory press conference, for instance, he showed that he wasn’t fully caught up on the offseason roster moves of his new nemesis. From TSN.ca:
“I watched that series and I’m actually pretty excited to play them because there’s a few guys there that I think played a little bit outside of their shoes,” Carcillo said. “I think I can keep most of those guys in check when we play them this year so I’m pretty excited to play them.”
When asked to name specifically which players he had a problem with, the 26-year-old winger didn’t hold back.
“Lapierre, Glass, and Torres. Just because. Lapierre’s at the top of the list.”
Thank goodness Lapierre’s at the top, otherwise, Carcillo’s not even getting one deep before he realizes his Vancouver hit list is impossible. Someone should tell him that, when he’s calling out a team, it helps to call out players that presently play for them.
But this story has been severely underreported. It turns out that Carcillo made a bevy of other questionable, somewhat misinformed comments at his press conference. Great news, too: we at PITB got our hands on a complete transcript, and we’ve compiled the top 20 #CarcilloQuotes right here: