Carcillo to have ACL surgery, miss rest of season

Carcillo to have ACL surgery, miss rest of season
January 13, 2012, 10:18 pm
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When Daniel Carcillo suffered a left knee injury early this month, surgery was considered an option. Now that surgery is certain.

Carcillo will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered Jan. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers. Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that "this decision was made today after much evaluation and consideration of various options. We anticipate a full return in six months.

The surgery is scheduled for two days after Carcillo's seven-game suspension is complete. Carcillo was assessed that by Brendan Shanahan for the hit on Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert. It was the third time Carcillo's been suspended this season and the 10th time in his career he's been suspended or fined.

It's tough news for Carcillo, who signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks this past offseason. The Blackhawks have been evaluating their options since Carcillo was hurt but coach Joel Quenneville said last week that surgery was a possibility.

The 26-year-old Carcillo had two goals and nine assists and a plus-10 rating in 28 games with the Blackhawks this season. he also had 82 penalty minutes.