Is this guy for real?

MIKE ULMER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Carcillo, suspended twice last season in the OHL for vicious cross-checks to the head, gave a troubling interview to a Wilkes-Barre newspaper.

"Sometimes when I'm angry or argued with the girlfriend or something, you just want to go out and kill somebody, right," reporter Jonathan Bombulie quoted Carcillo as saying. "So I have to sometimes calm myself down before games. But for the most part I'm all right."

Playing for the Mississauga Ice Dogs, Carcillo cross-checked Matt Halischuk and was suspended for 15 games. Carcillo was in trouble again less than a month after coming back, when he cross-checked Adam McQuaid of the Sudbury Wolves and shattered his teeth. Despite the severity of the attacks, and an earlier stick suspension, Carcillo was allowed to return to the playoffs after serving 23 games.

Carcillo said the hits were accidental and was critical of the league. "I hated the league," he said. "I'm never going to go back there so I really don't care. I made my reputation, I'm not going to complain about it."

Carcillo's play in scrimmages -- he slashed at star rookie Sidney Crosby and fought Curtiss Patrick, nephew of general manager Craig Patrick -- earned him kudos from coach Ed Olczyk, who put him in the lineup Monday in the Penguins' first exhibition game.

"He had a tough year last year, a few suspensions and things, but boys will be boys," Olczyk said. "We like guys with an edge, an attitude, and Danny earned himself an opportunity to play in the game."


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