The early returns on the Daniel Carcillo-Scottie Upshall trade are not good.
Far from it.
Carcillo's acquisition freed cap space so the Flyers wouldn't have to yo-yo rookie sensation Claude Giroux to the minors. That's been the best part about the deal. Carcillo has three assists and no goals in 13 games and does not supply the energy that made Upshall such a fan favorite.
In the last two games, Carcillo has spent most of his time on the fourth line.
GM Paul Holmgren has made several terrific deals in the last two years, and maybe one day this trade _ which also saw the Flyers give a No. 2 pick in 2011 _ will look like a positive.
But right now, it's a head-scratcher.