Up to this point, Scottie Upshall was leading the suprising Coyotes with 18 goals. About the only city where this wasn't a surprise is Philadelphia. I know that many of us felt that the Upshall for Carcillo trade was a turning point in last year's season, and one that appeared to take a lot of wind out of the sails of a Flyers team that was enjoying success and striking fear into the hearts of anyone they oppossed, even if they were inconsistent. Upshall played limited 3rd line minutes, and found himself in Steven's dog house several times, yet was a huge fan favorite for his high energy shifts that often seemed to swing momentum and ignite the team, even if it didn't show up on the scoresheet.
Unfortunately Scottie is now out indefinately with a torn ACL --- a terrible break for a guy who found out about his trade from a cup contender to the sinking ship in Phoenix from a reporter (talk about your classy moves, thanks to the Flyer's front office for that beauty.)
With that said, I have to admit that I was wrong about Carcillo who has shown this season that he is without a doubt a better skater and all around player than I could possibly have imagined, having watched his play last year. In many ways, Carcillo has taken Upshall's place as the guy who plays a role postion and manages to go out and make the hits, and occassional goals that get things flowing in the right direction.
I have to admit that I misjudged Dan Carcillo, but then again, I wonder if Homer would be able to admit that the Upshall trade wasn't the best move for the Flyers last year, and maybe, just maybe, the army of hardcore fans who howled at the move last year, actually saw something in Upshall that the Flyer's organization apparently couldn't. Is there such a thing as being too close to a situation?
Here's wishing Scottie a speedy recovery, and hoping that it's one that won't completely derail what could very well have been a break out season for the guy.