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Los Angeles Kings sign a new enforcer

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July 16, 2013 was a somewhat eventful day for the Los Angeles Kings. Having lost unrestricted free agent Dustin Penner earlier in the day, the Kings made an unrelated move, and traded a conditional 2015 draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for tough-guy forward Dan Carcillo.

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The 27-year old Carcillo will not only add a dimension of truculence to the Kings lineup, but has been known to provide the occasional offensive lift as well.

Though not the most gifted hockey player around, Carcillo always plays with a lot of energy, and gives 100% of what he has to give.

The challenge for Head coach Darryl Sutter, will be to have the 6-0, 203 lb winger play under control and not fall into the habit of taking untimely/undisciplined penalties.

Carcillo has played in 333 regular season NHL games during his career, posting 87 points (40-47=87) and 1079 penalty mins.

In 37 career playoff games he has 12 points (5-7=12) and 87 penalty mins.

Carcillo was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003.

He never played in an NHL game as a member of the Penguins, but beginning in 2006, has played for Phoenix, Philadelphia, and most recently, Chicago.

This move adds to speculation the Kings will not resign restricted free agent Kyle Clifford.

Aside from Clifford, Trevor Lewis and Jordan Nolan are the Kings' only other remaining restricted free agents.

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