Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Carcillo Returns to the Desert

Even with the new faces in Phoenix, the Coyotes management wanted to make sure that they remained strong going into next season. By strong, I mean tough. Saying that, the team re-signed restricted free agent forward, Daniel Carcillo, to a new 2-year deal on Tuesday (financial terms not released).

Carcillo led the NHL in penalty minutes with 324, almost a clear 100 more than his next competitor... as a rookie! Carcillo also did some good things with his hockey talent as well, scoring 13 goals and 11 assists in 57 games, which makes him quite the threat in hockey pools. He did face some injury problems, suffering a pair of knee injuries through the year, but also was sent to the minors because of some attitude issues. If the latter has been taken care of, worries will only surround his health for maximum performance. His penalty minute numbers should be weighed accordingly, if they count towards your pool numbers, which should bump him up quite a few places.

Shane DoanEd JovanovskiIlya Bryzgalov
Olli JokinenDerek MorrisMikael Tellqvist
Peter MuellerZbynek Michalek
Steve ReinprechtKeith Yandle
Martin HanzalKurt Sauer
Daniel WinnikDavid Hale
Daniel Carcillo
Todd Fedoruk
Brian McGrattan
Kyle Turris

With this signing and the two others since the last team update, the Coyotes are still hovering around the cap floor with only 18 players signed. Without Carcillo's number, the team does sit at $37.5 million against the cap, where they'll have to make-up $3.2 million, just to hit the floor. They do have some key young players who may try and make the line-up at some substantial rookie cost, which should lift the team over the floor, no problem.

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