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Daniel Carcillo says knee is great

Daniel Carcillo Blackhawks watches for puck during game against Winnipeg Jets October 13 2011 United Center. |  Bill Smith~Getty

Daniel Carcillo of the Blackhawks watches for the puck during a game against the Winnipeg Jets on October 13, 2011 at the United Center. | Bill Smith~Getty Images

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Updated: October 22, 2012 6:33AM

Forget the notion that the lockout could possibly do Blackhawks tough guy Daniel Carcillo and his surgically repaired left knee some good.


“If we started on time, it would be nine months [without playing],” said Carcillo, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 2 against the Oilers. “That’s more than enough time.”

Carcillo, though, admits he does need some time to regain his skating legs. He described himself as sluggish this week after an informal workout.

“Structurally, my knee is great,” said Carcillo, who worked with hockey trainers Matt Nichol and Gary Roberts at their BioSteel camp this summer.

“There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just a matter of getting back into skating shape. I’ve been working out for so long that now it’s time to re-train everything and get it firing correctly. That only comes with skating.”

Carcillo is one of three Hawks — defenseman Steve Montador and winger Marian Hossa (both with concussions) are the others — who can be in contact with the Hawks’ medical staff during the lockout because of injuries.

Carcillo called it being in a gray area because it’s possible he can be paid during the lockout if not medically cleared. But he said everything feels good with his knee and that he has spoken with the Hawks’ staff about being cleared and should know more in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s good to be back and get going again,” Carcillo said.

Kane at work

Looking to regain his point-per-game touch, Patrick Kane altered his training regimen this offseason.

Last year, he bulked up. This summer, he skated more.

“I look back at when I was at my best, [and] I skated a lot,” said Kane, who had 66 points in 82 games last season.

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