Posted by: kristagolden | August 8, 2011

Introducing two new Blackhawks

Daniel Carcillo ain’t no debutante, but the Blackhawks introduced him – and Andrew Brunette – to their fans and the press today .

The team acquired Carcillo and Brunette during the free agent frenzy in July, mainly to bolster their lagging defense. The words “grit” and “toughness” have been used by teammates and coaches alike when describing the addition (which includes Steve Montador, Jamal Mayers and Sean O’Donnell), but it’s absolutely true in terms of these two.

Stan Bowman was optimistic about the guys being on the roster, saying that Brunette brings experience and durability while Carcillo brings versatility and physicality. He also thanked Rocky Wirtz and John McDonagh “for helping to build a a little bit of a new identity” for the team.

Carcillo said it’s “a dream come true” to play for an Original Six team and is glad to help in their quest for another Cup. He isn’t too worried about fan reaction, saying that he plays with emotion and passion, which sometimes gets the best of him. When it comes to their biggest rivals, the Canucks, he’s confident that he can handle them, saying “I can keep most of those guys in check.” His biggest target: Maxim Lapierre.

Brunette said that he’s excited that he gets to wear an Original Six jersey and is happy that the Blackhawks showed interest in him as his career winds down. He says the move to Chicago will fill an ache that comes from missing the playoffs with the Minnesota Wild. He’d talked to John Madden and Cam Barker – former Hawks who were on the Cup-winning team – about the organization and was encouraged by what they had to say.

While the guys may not have the numbers to match some of their new teammates (Brunette had 18 goals and 28 assists, while Carcillo had 4 goals and  2 assists), it’s their playing style that matters. They’ll be there to rough up anyone who tries to get in the way of shooters like Kane, Toews and Sharp. I for one can’t wait to see them in action.

– Krista


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