January 8, 2010
Carcillo's just another player: Exelby
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI AGENCY
As a reformed Sean Avery slowly backs out of the spotlight as the NHL’s loosest cannon, Daniel Carcillo seems more than willing to take his place.
Both expert antagonists are from the Toronto suburbs and like to play to Canadian TV as Carcillo did Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
Both are handy with their fists and after Carcillo walked around the Leafs and scored a picture goal, it can be said they both have offensive flair.
But Carcillo enraged the Toronto bench during the 6-2 rout, skating by after his goal with a huge smirk on his face.
Carcillo said he was sending an unsubtle message to Leaf enforcer Colton Orr, but by the end of the game, King City’s Carcillo was in a yapfest with normally mild-mannered Leaf assistant coach Keith Acton and ended up losing a fight to Jamal Mayers.
Carcillo came to the penalty box waving his hands in a victory sign amid his other antics, oblivious to a couple of his own teammates rolling their eyes.
“He’s been really effective, and he has stayed out of the box,” coach Peter Laviolette told Philly reporters. “Danny hasn’t done a lot of things that would put him in the box. He’s been in control and has got some skill, and he can play physical.”
He is also third on the team with a plus seven.
“I know I would have drilled him first chance I had,” said one former NHL pugilist. “He should know what goes around, comes around.”
Which is what a lot of players used to say about Avery, who seemed to save his most controversial exploits for the Leafs.
But Toronto defenceman Garnet Exelby didn’t want to get into making comparisons between the two.
“You don’t really need to give either of those guys any more attention than they’re trying to attract,” Exelby said. “He’s just another player trying to get under our skin and I have nothing else to say about it.”