Dan Carcillo says he’ll be 100 percent by training camp
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT firstname.lastname@example.org July 20, 2012 9:08PM
Updated: August 22, 2012 6:16AM
Daniel Carcillo couldn’t keep a straight face.
It was pointed out to him Friday that the Blackhawks had the best record in the NHL when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, before the team went on a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak.
Asked if his absence was the biggest contributing factor in where the Hawks finished the season, laughter ensued.
“Doubtful,” Carcillo said. “I don’t look at numbers too much. I’m just glad to be a part of this team and this group for the next two years, and I’m going to do my best to help this team win.”
Carcillo missed the final 30 games of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and the Hawks missed his physical presence.
Carcillo said he has skated on his own and is looking forward to a more regimented program in the next few weeks. He’s confident he’ll be 100 percent by training camp.
“I’ve been in the gym for a long time,” he said. “You don’t usually get this amount of time. Summers are usually short. I feel stronger now than ever.”
When he gets back, Carcillo won’t change the way he plays.
“I always walk a fine line with the way I play, and I’ll always play the same way because if I don’t, then I won’t have a job,” Carcillo said. “You just have to be really conscious now about how you hit and hitting the right way.”
The new guy
After the Hawks’ failed pursuit of big-name free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, defenseman Sheldon Brookbank didn’t expect to be the team’s biggest and only addition this summer.
“I’ve never really been in that situation before, but I don’t think there’ll be any real big pressure,” Brookbank said. “It’s not like they’re bringing me here to score 50 goals or anything. I’m just kind of here to play some solid defense and play my game.”
With eight fights last season, including one at the United Center against John Scott, Brookbank’s game includes the physicality general manager Stan Bowman continually has replenished on the roster.
“I don’t know if there was anything going through my mind there until his fist hit me a few times,” Brookbank said of the bout with the ex-Hawk Scott. “It wasn’t my smartest decision, but I’m here to talk about it.”