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Blackhawks sign Daniel Carcillo for two more years

Daniel Carcillo is “type player thwe need” assistant GM Marc Bergevsaid. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Daniel Carcillo is “the type of player that we need,” assistant GM Marc Bergevin said. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 14, 2012 8:12AM

As ecstatic as Blackhawks agitator Daniel Carcillo is to have job security for the next two seasons, he also sounds torn.

It’s probably because with his reputation, Carcillo knows he has to change his approach or he’ll serve more suspensions from the league. Conversely, he knows he received a two-year extension Monday because the Hawks want him to be the rough, in-your-face player he is.

“I [won’t] change anything I do on the ice,” said Carcillo, who will make a reported $825,000 in each of the next two years. “Maybe I have to hit a little less hard, I think. But other than that, nothing is going to change.”

Carcillo spoke for the first time since serving a seven-game suspension for his hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert on Jan. 2 in which he also suffered a season-ending injury. Carcillo underwent surgery for his torn anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 17.

“I’m right on schedule [with my rehabilitation],” Carcillo said. “Getting back from an injury like this isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to take me a while. But they showed a sign of faith. A guy like me, you usually don’t get that security or that sort of gesture, so it’s really nice and feels really good.”

It’s apparent that general manager Stan Bowman isn’t overly concerned with the injury, either. Carcillo said he was surprised that Bowman, who is in Florida for the GM meetings, approached him recently about his contract. Negotiations lasted only days.

The Hawks are more concerned about having a roster that is physical enough to handle gritty teams such as the St. Louis Blues, whom the Hawks host Tuesday.

“He’s the type of player that we need and have been looking for,” assistant GM Marc Bergevin said. “Since he’s been hurt, we’ve been lacking that presence. He’s a great fit for our team. Once you let him go, you’re looking to replace a guy like that. So once you have him, you might as well keep him.

“At the [trade] deadline, you could hear teams around the league — playoff teams — looking for those types of players. Stan and as an organization, we felt we have him. We know what he’s all about. He’s well-liked [by] his teammates. We just feel comfortable having him back.”

But are they comfortable with Carcillo earning more suspensions?

Initially signed to a one-year, $775,000 deal in July, Carcillo missed 11 games because of suspensions, including a two-game ban that carried over from last postseason. He had two goals and 11 points in 28 games before his injury.

“It’s not something we’re looking for if he takes a suspension,” Bergevin said. “We have to deal with it when it happens. Hopefully, those days are behind.”

Coach Joel Quenneville highlighted Carcillo’s ability to play with top players, but it’s his physical approach and the belief held by some teams that the Hawks can be pushed around that resulted in his two-year deal.

Quenneville said the Hawks “have to be more team tough.” They’ve turned to rookies Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig to assist veteran Jamal Mayers in that area.

“We need more than just one [player],” Bergevin said. “You guys [the media] see our games with St. Louis, a team that is playing really hard-nosed hockey, playoff hockey. I think the more you have, the better you’re suited, especially our team.”

NOTE: Jonathan Toews (concussion) rested Monday. He said he was hoping to return Tuesday, but Quenneville said that wasn’t likely.

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