Daniel Carcillo of the Blackhawks talks to Todd Bertuzzi of the Redwings in the penalty box after fighting in the first period at the United Center Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: February 6, 2012 9:39AM
It’s still unknown how long Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo’s injured left knee sidelines him. But the NHL made it known how long he’ll be banned when he returns.
The league suspended Carcillo seven games for his hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert in Monday’s loss that left both hurt. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan took into account that Carcillo had been suspended or fined nine times, including a two-game ban for a hit from behind on Carolina’s Joni Pitkanen earlier this season.
Carcillo was ejected and received a five-minute boarding penalty. His suspension will cost him $66,158.54 in salary.
Shanahan said in his explanation video that “a reasonable amount of physical contact is permissible as the players jostle for position” on such a play, but as Gilbert slows down, Carcillo “explodes into him, causing a violent crash into the boards.” He said the onus is on Carcillo “to avoid or minimize contact.”
“This is not case of two players bumping each other for position and one player winning that battle,” Shanahan said. “Nor is it a play in which Gilbert loses balance after initiating a reverse hit. Rather, at an extremely dangerous distance from the boards, Carcillo finishes high and hard with his hands, using the boards as a weapon.”
All signs point to a long-term serious injury to Carcillo that may require surgery.
Send in the rookies
With injuries wreaking havoc on their once-deep roster, the Hawks brought in defenseman Dylan Olsen and winger Andrew Shaw to fill out their lineup.
Both should make their NHL debuts Thursday against the Flyers in Philadelphia.
How long their runs last not only depends on their play but also on the status of defenseman Steve Montador (upper-body injury) and center Marcus Kruger (concussion). Both were placed on injured reserve Wednesday, and there is no timetable for their returns. Kruger is expected to miss more time as his concussion symptoms come and go.
Shaw’s recall wasn’t a surprise with Kruger recovering and Carcillo out. But Olsen’s arrival was, especially with the Hawks’ bevy of veteran defensemen.
Emery in goal
Backup Ray Emery will get the start in goal Thursday. It’s the first game of a back-to-back and Corey Crawford is expected to play Friday against the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center.
Emery spent part of the 2009-10 season with the Flyers, posting a 16-11-1 record. His stint came to end in March 2010 when he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis and needed a bone graft to repair his hip.
“I really liked playing in Philly,” Emery said. “They had a good run and ended up in the Finals against these guys [the Hawks]. It was good to be around, but at the same time, I only got to play half a year, so it was disappointing.”