The Chicago Blackhawks wasted no time in getting Daniel Carcillo’s signature on a contract, signing him within two days of his release from a tryout with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sportsnet has learned that the one-year deal is worth a league-minimum $550,000 and is one-way — meaning the he is guaranteed that money even if the Blackhawks send him to the American Hockey League this season.
Carcillo was released by the Penguins on Thursday morning after attending their training camp on a professional tryout.
The 29-year-old agitator previously spent two seasons in Chicago, playing a small role on the 2013 Stanley Cup-winning team, and split last year between Los Angeles and the New York Rangers.
He made headlines last spring when he received an automatic 10-game suspension in the Eastern Conference final after jostling with linesman Scott Driscoll, who was trying to keep him from fighting an opponent. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman later reduced that ban to six games.
The fact that Chicago is adding another player just days before the regular season will only add fuel to the fire that they will need to make a trade to get under the $69-million salary cap by Tuesday — although Carcillo’s contract won’t figure into that accounting if he’s sent to the AHL.
However, it’s been seven years since he last played in the minors.
Over 392 career NHL games, Carcillo has 1,179 penalty minutes to go with 44 goals and 92 points.