Flyer Quota Intact – Lombardi acquires Daniel Carcillo

Yesterday, Ron Hextall left for the Kings’ East Coast Affiliate. Today, Dean Lombardi traded a conditional 5th round pick for ex-Flyer Daniel Carcillo, maintaining the Philly West population at seven (Carcillo, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, Colin Fraser, John Stevens, and Lombardi). I’ll leave it to someone else to point out that Lombardi seems to like to acquire injured players (Williams, Michal Handzus, Fraser — I feel like I’m forgetting someone…). My primary concern is that (with the — now official — departure of Dustin Penner) Carcillo, with his 2 goals last season, is now at the very top of the Kings’ depth chart at left-wing. Yes, I know that Dustin Brown is now comfortable playing the off-wing, as is (supposedly) Matt Frattin, but it’s still odd that the natural left-wingers on the team are Carcillo, Dwight King, and the unsigned Kyle Clifford.

The other thing is, the Carcillo move gives the Kings 25 NHL players, 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 2 goalies. Two bodies are going to disappear by opening night (and in case you’re wondering, Tyler Toffoli is the only current Kings player with waiver exemption left). If the top six forwards are Kopitar, Brown, Williams, Carter, Richards, and Toffoli — that leaves Stoll, Frattin, Lewis (unsigned RFA), Carcillo, King, Clifford (unsigned RFA), Fraser and Nolan.

Is trading for Carcillo supposed to be a shot across the bows of Lewis and Clifford? If so, it’s pretty weak sauce. I would much rather have either Clifford or Lewis than Carcillo. And, anyway, aren’t Clifford and Lewis “Lombardi guys,” Kings’ tattoo guys? Maybe Lombardi is stockpiling Plan Bs for several interlocking what-if scenarios. What if Willie Mitchell isn’t good to go (in which case: Jeff Schultz, Keaton Ellerby)? What if Lewis gets all the way to arbitration and Lombardi can’t afford what he’s awarded.

Duh. I should have thought of that earlier. That’s probably it. What if Lewis’s arbitration award prices him off the team? It’s not a threat. It’s insurance.

So, off the top of my head, that’s Penner, Richardson, Scuderi and Bernier out, and Frattin, Carcillo, Schultz and Scrivens in. Is that good? It doesn’t sound good.

I was just updating the Reserve List page, and noticed that the summary counted eight Kings UFAs for 2014. I assumed I had made a mistake somewhere. But, no. Brown, Mitchell, Fraser, Scrivens, Ellerby, Greene, Schultz and Carcillo. Four of those names are new since January.

I’m guessing Lombardi wants as much flexibility as possible in signing Dustin Brown to his presumed eight year-ish 56-million-dollar-ish deal.

(Reserve List, Philly West, Depth Chart and Lombardi Trades pages have all been updated for your viewing pleasure…)

 

  5 comments for “Flyer Quota Intact – Lombardi acquires Daniel Carcillo

  1. scsf
    July 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    [quote]What if Lewis gets all the way to arbitration and Lombardi can’t afford what he’s awarded.

    Duh. I should have thought of that earlier. That’s probably it. What
    if Lewis’s arbitration award prices him off the team? It’s not a threat.
    It’s insurance.[/quotet]

    (I have no idea if that BB code works here, so apologies if it looks stupid.)

    DL isn’t doing this as backup to Lewis’s arb hearing. The walk away has gone up to $3.5 million, so there’s no way that’s going to play a factor. See CBA 12.10.

    • July 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Yes, but he would have the rest of the summer to trade Lewis. I didn’t mean that he would walk away.

      • scsf
        July 16, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Ah sorry for assuming. Yes, he could be doing that, and of course a bunch of trade rumors have been spreading over the past couple of hours so who knows. One thing is clear…Dean likes to make extra work for himself.

  2. Dan H.
    July 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I sure hope Brown doesn’t get 7 million per. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy and he signed a nice deal for the Kings last time, but lets not overpay here.
    Also, of the ones that are listed as UFA, do you see any other than Brown and Greene that are must haves? The others are fairly replaceable unless Mitchell is healthy and unGodly this year on the back end.

    • Bob Knob
      July 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      I don’t think Greene is a must have unless his new contract comes in well under his current one.

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