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Coyotes prospect Daniel Carcillo caught my eye last night when watching portions of the Leafs-Coyotes game on the internet. I have to admit that I had absolutely no idea who he was until I researched him a little further. Acquired by the Coyotes in the deal that sent Georges Laraque to Pittsburgh, Carcillo does not even appear on the Coyotes Top 20 list of prospects. A Left Winger by trade, Carcillo is best known for his toughness, racking up 311 penalty minutes for Wilkes-Barre in his first professional season of 2005-2006.

A Sean Avery tough guy with talent type, Carcillo had an OHL career plagued by on and off ice troubles. That being said, he possesses a multitude of skills that may translate into an NHL career. He has a booming shot, is ultra physical, not afraid to fight and has good hands in close. On the downside, he is prone to taking bad penalties and can cost his time with ill-timed decisions.

If Carcillo can build upon his already strong showing at Coyotes camp, he may find himself a place on the roster given his blend of offensive talent and sandpaper personality. A listing of Daniel Carcillo’s fights can be found here. Note that while he doesn’t fight many heavyweights, he isn’t shy about dropping the gloves.

News You Can Use in the Late Morning:

-An interview with Springfield Falcons’ head coach Kelly Buchberger.

Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post predicts the Pats will capture the WHL’s Eastern Division in his WHL preview article.

-We noted a couple weeks back that Adam Huxley wrote the Oilers asking for a camp invite. News today indicates that he has earned himself an AHL contract.

Taking Note with news and notes from the WHL. Note that Team Canada defender Logan Pyett has been named captain of the Regina Pats.

Eric Duhatschcek notes that the Kings fortunes will rise and fall with Cloutier.

Jordan Staal embarrassed about bachelor party arrest. This story needs to go away. Who cares? If this is all the trouble NHL’ers get into in the off-season, the league should rest easy. I got into more trouble than this in Grade 9.

Jeff Gordon looks at 10 players ready to break out.

Jacques Demers reports for RDS that Cristobal Huet has a leg up on the starting job in Montreal, which may mean that Carey Price starts the year in Hamilton.

Nick Foligno steps up his game after getting called out by John Paddock.

-WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, the pride of Indian Head, eyes some new rivalries for the start of the 2007-2008 season.

-The OHL will implement new rules this season.

-Capitals hope that their new additions at forward will translate into shootout success.

One more Lamoureux headed to the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

-In sports business news, Nike will sell off its hockey subsidiary.

-A Coyotes preview from Fanhouse.

-In hockey law news, an Illinois court is set to decide on liability for players and coaches involved in a hit from behind.

-The Sharks are sending personnel to Asia to help develop hockey overseas. This can only bring positive returns. There are thriving hockey markets in places you would not expect and sooner or later they will produce NHL talent. Please take a quick look at the website for the Australian Ice Hockey League, run in part by an ex-pat from Saskatchewan.

-In a related note, check out this story from the Ottawa Sun.

-The Devils hope that Zubrus can offset the loss of Scott Gomez. Hopefully 13 goals isn’t too taxing for Mr. Zubrus.

-A Rangers preview.

-The New York Times reports that Jagr and Gomez have buried the hatchet. Since its the Times, reader may want to fact check. Also note that George W. Bush was in fact NOT blamed for anything in the article.

Eric Brewer looks to anchor the blue-line for St. Louis.

-A San Jose Sharks preview.

-The annual draft seen as a road-block to any European expansion. I say don’t bother with Europe. Demographics suggest there will be few people left in Europe in a generation or two.

Tampa Bay Lightning preview.

Mike Milbury joins the TSN Broadcast Crew. Watch for him to swing a deal involving Dutchy, Bob McKenzie and Jennifer Hedger to Sportsnet for Martine Gaillard and Jim Lang.

Scott Feschuk wonders why Gretzky won’t talk about Tocchet. Leave Gretz alone and let him worry about the Coyotes.

Cam Ward needed no introduction to Michael Leighton. They had already talked to each other by hand.

-News from the Kings’ camp about the #1 goalie battle and on Prospect Pulse feature Brian Boyle.

-The Bruins look for Jeremy Reich to add a physical edge to their game. Note the picture of Baby Bourque below the main story. Does he look like Raymond or what?

-The mailbag from The Hockey News.

Terry Frei at ESPN notes Eric Lindros not worth the risk for a team to sign him.

Battle of California with a look at Michal Handzus.

Martin Brodeur tells USA Today he still feels durable.

-A look at the Flames goaltending from Battle of Alberta.

-Stan Fischler profiles Justin Bourne at the Islanders’ camp.

Penguins look to continue their ascent to the top of the NHL.

Penguins meet the fans in a town hall meeting.

-News from Kings’ camp about the # goalie battle and on Prospect Pulse feature Brian Boyle.

-The Bruins want Jeremy Reich to add a physical element to the team. Note the picture of Baby Bourque below the main story. Does he look like Raymond or what?

-The Miami Herald notes that Cory Murphy is settling into his role nicely.

The Score notes that Montreal lacks toughness.

For Illegal Curve, I’m Kyle Kosior.