Daniel Carcillo back on job with no complaints
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2013 10:44PM
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks for a rebound in front of Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Quick #32 at Staples Center on January 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Daniel Carcillo; Dwight King; Jonathan Quick
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:11AM
In the one game he played this season, Daniel Carcillo was on one of the top lines in all of hockey, skating alongside Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. When he returned to the lineup Friday after missing 15 games with a right leg injury, he was on the Blackhawks’ fourth line with Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger.
But you won’t hear Carcillo complaining about being Wally Pipped by rookie Brandon Saad. After missing most of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and getting hurt in the third period of the season opener this year in Los Angeles, Carcillo is just excited to be back on the ice.
‘‘When you miss as much time as I have in the last two years, you really realize how much you love this game and love being around the guys in the room,’’ he said. ‘‘It puts everything into perspective. We have a short lifespan. I’m definitely taking it day by day and living in the moment, for sure.’’
Carcillo has been practicing with the team for more than a week now, but Hawks coach Joel Quenneville has been reluctant to make too many changes during his team’s incredible start. Carcillo stepped into the role usually occupied by Jamal Mayers or Brandon Bollig.
Quenneville had no concerns that the injuries would make Carcillo — whose game is predicated on physical play and agitation — play a more timid style.
‘‘I think he answered that with how he prepared himself to start the season, and how well he played in the one game,’’ Quenneville said.
“Certainly, I think he’s champing at the bit. . . . He’s got to play one way, and I think that’s his style and we expect him to do that. I don’t foresee that he’d have any apprehensions.’’
Carcillo said last season’s injury actually made it easier to deal with this one, which was to the other leg.
‘‘The last two years have been a tough road, that’s for sure,” he said. ‘‘Dealing with the injury last year certainly helped with the early onset of this injury. It’s kind of a bit of a shot to your pride because you want to be healthy and you want to be out there with the guys. But they’ve been playing so well. It’s a privilege to be able to come here and be able to play this game. I’m just excited and every day when I come to the rink grateful.’’